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The Twilight of the Idols and the Anti-Christ: Or How to Philosophize with a Hammer

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'One must be superior to mankind in force, in loftiness of soul—in contempt’

In these two devastating works, Nietzsche offers a sustained and often vitriolic attack on the morality and the beliefs of his time, in particular those of Hegel, Kant and Schopenhaur. Twilight of the Idols is a ‘grand declaration of war’ on reason, psychology and theology that combines highly charged personal attacks on his contemporaries with a lightning tour of his own philosophy. It also paves the way for The Anti-Christ, Nietzche’s final assault on institutional Christianity, in which he identifies himself with the ‘Dionysian’ artist and confronts Christ; the only opponent he feels worthy of him.

In his introduction Michael Tanner discussed the themes of Nietzche’s argument and places the works in their historical and philosophical context.

Synopsis:

"Twilight of the Idols" was written by Nietzsche in 1888 and uses aphorism to summarize his views on a vast range of philosophical ideas. "The Anti-Christ", written immediately afterwards, is his fullest and least restrained polemic against Christianity and Christian morals.

Synopsis:

Two of Nietzche's final works that make essential reading for students of philosophy and religion.

About the Author

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Prussia in 1844. After the death of his father, a Lutheran minister, Nietzsche was raised from the age of five by his mother in a household of women. In 1869 he was appointed Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, where he taught until 1879 when poor health forced him to retire. He never recovered from a nervous breakdown in 1889 and died eleven years later. Known for saying that “god is dead,” Nietzsche propounded his metaphysical construct of the superiority of the disciplined individual (superman) living in the present over traditional values derived from Christianity and its emphasis on heavenly rewards. His ideas were appropriated by the Fascists, who turned his theories into social realities that he had never intended.

R. J. Hollingdale has translated eleven of Nietzsche’s books and published two books about him. He has also translated works by, among others, Schopenhauer, Goethe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Lichtenberg and Theodor Fontane, many of these for the Penguin Classics. He is Honorary President of the British Nietzsche Society, and was for the Australian academic year 1991 Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Melbourne.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Translator's Note

Twilight of the Idols, or How to Philosophize with a Hammer

Foreword

Maxims and Arrows

The Problems of Socrates

"Reason" in Philosophy

How the "Real World" at last Became a Myth

Morality as Anti-Nature

The Four Great Errors

The "Improvers" of Mankind

What the Germans Lack

Expeditions of an Untimely Man

What I Owe to the Ancients

The Hammer Speaks

The Anti-Christ

Foreword

The Anti-Christ

Glossary of Names

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140445145
Editor:
Tanner, Michael
Translator:
Hollingdale, R. J.
Translator:
Hollingdale, R. J.
Editor:
Tanner, Michael
Author:
Tanner, Michael
Author:
Hollingdale, R. J.
Author:
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
Author:
Nietzsche, Friedrich
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London, England
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
History & Surveys - 19th Century
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Philosophy-Surveys
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin classics
Series Volume:
35 (1993)
Publication Date:
19900231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.74x5.16x.53 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , "Twilight of the Idols" was written by Nietzsche in 1888 and uses aphorism to summarize his views on a vast range of philosophical ideas. "The Anti-Christ", written immediately afterwards, is his fullest and least restrained polemic against Christianity and Christian morals.
"Synopsis" by , Two of Nietzche's final works that make essential reading for students of philosophy and religion.

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