Synopses & Reviews
Nietzsche’s impact on modern thought cannot be overstated. Generations have been influenced by this controversial and exciting thinker whose work nourishes academic fields as diverse as philosophy, literary studies, and political theory. This collection brings together in one volume substantial selections from Nietzsche’s complete oeuvre, including some never before published in book form in English. It also contains impressive pedagogical features, including editorial sections on Nietzsche’s life and importance, an introduction to his philosophical ideas, introductions to each major section of writings, and a comprehensive guide to further reading.
Not only does the Reader generously excerpt all of Nietzsche’s major texts, it also showcases selections from his lesser-known writings, including his early critique “On Schopenhauer,” Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks, and the seminal essay “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense.” In addition, there are new translations of key pieces from Nietzsche’s unpublished notebooks of the 1880s, including the first sketch of the doctrine of eternal recurrence, and the “Lenzer Heide” text on European nihilism.
Keith Ansell Pearson
holds a Personal Chair in Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He co-founded the Friedrich Nietzsche Society and is renowned for his work on Nietzsche, Bergson, and Deleuze. He recently edited A Companion to Nietzsche
Duncan Large is Senior Lecturer in German at University of Wales Swansea and former Chairman of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society. He is author of Nietzsche and Proust: A Comparative Study (2001), and translator and editor of both Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols (1998) and Sarah Kofman’s Nietzsche and Metaphor (1993).
The Nietzsche Reader brings together in one volume substantial selections from the entire body of Nietzsche's writings, together with illuminating commentary on Nietzsche's life and importance, and introductions to his major works and philosophical ideas.
The Nietzsche Reader brings together in one volume substantial selections from the entire body of Nietzsche’s writings, together with illuminating commentary on Nietzsche’s life and importance, and introductions to his major works and philosophical ideas.
• Includes selections from all the major texts, including The Birth of Tragedy, The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, The Anti-Christ, and Ecce Homo
• Offers new translations of key pieces from Nietzsche’s unpublished “Lenzer Heide” notebook
• Provides a wealth of pedagogical features, such as editorial sections on Nietzsche’s life and importance, an opening introduction to his philosophical ideas, introductions to each major section, and a comprehensive guide to further reading
About the Author
"Intended to introduce students to Nietzsche’s writings, the Reader
is of considerable value. It includes comprehensive selections from Nietzsche’s early, middle and late writings in English. The chronological presentation of the selections is particularly useful in helping students to appreciate Nietzsche’s philosophical development." International Journal of Philosophical Studies
“The Nietzsche Reader offers an extremely comprehensive collection of Nietzsche’s philosophical writings, ranging from his youthful essays on fate to the pithy, epochal books written in the twilight of his sanity. Perfect for classroom use, in any number of courses across a variety of academic disciplines.” Daniel W. Conway, The Pennsylvania State University
“Thorough yet manageable, this Reader is an excellent introduction to Nietzsche. The editors’ balanced commentary is accessible to the novice while still engaging for scholars. This book is a great contribution to Nietzsche studies.” Kathleen Higgins, University of Texas Austin
Table of Contents
A Chronology Friedrich Nietzsche..
Part I: Beginnings.
1. Fate and History: Thoughts (1862).
2. Freedom of Will and Fate (1862).
3. My Life (1863).
4. On Moods (1864).
5. On Schopenhauer (1868)..
Part II: Early Writings.
6. The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music (1872).
7. The Greek State (1871-2).
8. Homer's Contest (1872).
9. Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks (1873).
10. On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense (1873).
11. On the Utility and Liability of History for Life (1874).
12. Schopenhauer as Educator (1874)..
Part III: The Middle Period.
13. Human, All to Human: A Book for Free Spirits, volume 1 (1878).
14. Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality (1881).
15. The gay Science (1881).
16. Notes from 1881..
Part IV: Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
17. Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and No One (1883-5)..
Part V: The Later Writings.
18. Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future (1886).
19. The Gay Science, Book V (1887).
20. European Nihilism (1887).
21. On the Genealogy of Morality: A Polemic (1887).
22. The Case of Wagner: A Musicians' Problem (1888).
23. Twilight o the Idols; or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer (1888).
24. The Anti-Christ: Curse on Christianity (1888).
25. Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is (1888).
26. Four Letters (1888-9).
A Guide to Further Reading.