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A seminal biography, essential reading for anyone studying the philosophy of history's most enigmatic and fascinating thinker.

No other modern philosopher has proved as influential as Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) and none is as poorly understood. In the first new biography in decades, Rüdiger Safranski, one of the foremost living Nietzsche scholars, re-creates the angui

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Published 2005 by Olympus uitgeverij (first published January 1st 2000)
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Matthew Linton
A biography with clear cut pros and cons. Here is a brief enumeration of both:


1. Great introductory biography for those unfamiliar with Nietzsche's life and writings. Safranski outlines Nietzsche's thought in clear, elegant prose requiring little previous philosophical background to understand.

2. Stays focused on Nietzsche's philosophy and doesn't get sucked into the petty details of his life or those of the age he lived in.

3. Lacks any glaring distortions of Nietzsche's philosophy. Acknowl...more
Dirk Baranek
Keine Biographie des wunderlichen Lebens dieses gnadenlosen Denkers, sondern eine Geschichte der Entwicklung seines Denkens. Nicht ganz eingängig geschrieben, kein Wunder bei der Komplexität des Gegenstandes, jedoch durchaus klar erläuternd, was Nietzsche will, woher er kommt und welche Brüche mit Denktraditionen ihn vorantreiben.
I first encountered Friedrich Nietzsche in my freshman year at Kenyon College, when my introductory political science class read his Beyond Good and Evil. It was fascinating and challenging, and though I understood the gist of it, there were plenty of aspects of it that went over my head. During my junior year, I abruptly dropped my music major (I picked it up again the next year) and took two classes that—finally—weren’t either English or music courses: computer programming and a political scie...more
Mr. Brammer
Nietzsche is one of those philosophers that you don't just pick up and read and digest and move on. Really you have to wrestle with his ideas over the course of your life. The young and ambitious are attracted to his ideas about rebellion - I think most people, at some point in their lives, view themselves as "exceptional" . . . while the older and experienced readers might be attracted to some of the more of the cynical side of N.'s writing.

This biography illuminates some of his more difficult...more
Safranski examines the intersection of Nietzsche's life and thought in this impressive and thoughtful biography. In doing so he presents a reappraisal of Nietzsche's philosophy, his relationships with others including Wagner, and his many interests including music and literature. In his concluding remarks, the author offers this comment about his project: "Nietzsche's philosophical biography is a story without an end and will need to continue being written" (p 349). This notion of "philosophical...more
I read this for two reasons: one, because the author wrote a philosophical biography of Schopenhauer which I really liked; two, to prepare for my Nietzsche class next semester. I was expecting to like this as much as Safranski's other book. However, I found this book lacking. Although it focuses more on the philosophy rather than the biography, it seemed that the explanations where rather superficial. And yes, they seemed more like explanations rather than justifications. Perhaps the redeeming c...more
So far.. Safranski, like always, is so clear. Short easy readable chapters discussing themes in Nietzsches life are really helping me getting an insight in Nietzsches life and putting his books in a better perspective. Joy to read! Although offcourse you have to find Nietzsche interesting as a person. If you ever manage to get your head around him that is..!
Nietzsche one of the German clichés, more frequent quotated as he could be very funny, but never readed or understanded beyond what his sister and Mr. Chamberlains protonazism, I'm still waiting for a good book about the Nietscheancountry she and her husband trying to stablish in Paraguay.
A good and intelligent book, but definitely the author's take on Nietzsche, biographically and philosophically, rather than an attempt at a comprehensive or "objective" biography.
Well written biography of Nietzsche explaining his life in manner underandable for intelligent person, who knows who Nietzsche was and what was the basic of his philosophy.
"The book is an ideal blend of biography, philosophy, and cultural history." - Eric Posner
A thought-provoking biography of the great philosopher.

Abandoned. Never understood the structure of it.
Good overview over the life and the work of Nietzsche.
Mike Burmeister
his philosophies werent bent at best sometimes
Marc L
Knappe introductie
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