Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ
In 1888, the last sane year of his life Nietzsche produced these two brief but devastating books.
Twilight of the Idols, 'a grand declaration of war' on all the prevalent ideas of his time, offers a lightning tour of his whole philosophy. It also prepares the way for The Anti-Christ, a final assault on institutional Christianity. Yet although N...more
As anyone who has thumbed through a volume of Nietzsche can tell you, his work isn’t composed of clear, well-defined pr ...more
If I had one thing to say about Frederick Nietzsche, and that is that he is a nutter. It might sound harsh, but it is true. He went insane in about 1888, and d ...more
This book ends with the line, “I, the last disciple of the philosopher Dionysus — I, the teacher of the eternal recur ...more
Secondly his attitude towards life and existence which is invigorating and life affirming. His love of life. He dances, he lives poetr ...more
Twilight of the Idols: Rife with contradiction, I got the impression much was said for shock value. He uses the Sudra to show the horrors morality supposedly inflicts on social classes, but immediately afterwards laments the equality we are faced with today. A more amusing contradiction, however, is his take on morality as a concept. He writes that "[moral j ...more
Although known best by many to have authored the Will to Power, the sagacity that Nietzsche possessed culminates in its fullest gran ...more
"The Anti-Christ" is easier to place. Nietzsche attacks Christianity as weak, disgusting, a lie spun into 'truth' - all very true, but his praise of Islam and the Hindu caste system weakens my liking of him. He seems to imply with his glorification of the Lawbook of Manu that the Untoucha ...more
The best review of these kinds of book of Nietzsche is a quote from him in this book:
my ambition is to say in ten sentences what other people say in a book and what other people do not say in a book ...
This is a book like that. In this book, you can find Nietzsche thoughts about so many things: morality, religion, education, music, other great thinkers he knew … This is ...more
Very sharp, though, rather insightful, and full of interesting psychological explanation and philosophical digression. This book makes me wish Nietzsche was st ...more
He asks us to be skeptics, but he takes his ideas to the extremes and by doing so distorts reality.
That said, there was much to be interacted with seriously, to be thought about, to be learned from.
1. Will to life (partici ...more
But alas I am a confessed skeptic and cynic; thus I admire his courage. Few human beings who have ever walked this earth, scholars or otherwise, are so willing to challenge the convictions of their time, and, for that matter ...more
His perspective on organized religion and Christianity in particular truly resonated for me. What he wrote was exa ...more