The Birth of Tragedy
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The Birth of Tragedy

A compelling argument for the necessity for art in life, Nietzsche's first book is fuelled by his enthusiasms for Greek tragedy, for the philosophy of Schopenhauer and for the music of Wagner, to whom this work was dedicated. Nietzsche outlined a distinction between its two central forces: the Apolline, representing beauty and order, and the Dionysiac, a primal or ecstatic reaction to the sublime. He believed the combination of these...

The Genealogy of Morals
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The Genealogy of Morals

Contains a Preface and three interrelated essays that expand on the concepts he laid out in Beyond Good and Evil. The essays are: First Treatise: "'Good and Evil', 'Good and Bad'"; Second Treatise: "'Guilt', 'Bad Conscience', and Related Matters"; Third Treatise: "What do ascetic ideals mean?".

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The Birth of Tragedy: Out of the Spirit of Music

This book does what I love most about philosophy, which is to notice and describe the magic in life. Although I don’t agree with all of the ideas in the book, it has had a profound impact on my existence and has made me feel connected to this world. Many can write more informed opinions on this book. I can merely say I have read it 7 times in the last two years and each time I gain a new insight into Nietzsche's thoughts about how hu...

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Thus Spake Zarathustra

This astonishing series of aphorisms, put into the mouth of the Persian sage Zarathustra, or Zoroaster, contains the kernel of Nietzsche’s thought. ‘God is dead’, he tells us. Christianity is decadent, leading mankind into a slave morality concerned not with this life, but with the next. Nietzsche emphasises the Übermensch, or Superman, whose will to power makes him the creator of a new heroic mentality. The intensely felt ideas are ...

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Unfashionable Observations: Volume 2

This new translation is the first to be published in a twenty-volume English-language edition of The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, the first complete, critical, and annotated translation of all of Nietzsche's work. The Stanford edition is based on the Colli-Montinari edition, which has received universal praise: "It has revolutionized our understanding of one of the greatest German thinkers"; "Scholars can be confident for t...