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Nietzsche in 90 Minutes (Philosophers in 90 Minutes)

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With Friedrich Nietzsche, philosophy was dangerous not only for philosophers but for everyone. Nietzsche ultimately went mad, but his ideas presaged a collective madness that had horrific consequences in Europe in the early 1900s. Though his philosophy is more one of aphorisms and insights than a system, it is brilliant, persuasive, and incisive. His major concept is the w ...more
Audio CD, 28 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published July 8th 1996)
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Johan Nystrom
Sep 06, 2011 Johan Nystrom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
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This is a poor overview of Nietzsche's life and thought. It basically amounts to 90 minutes of gossip. There's no evidence of real interest in Nietzsche's thought from Paul Strathern. I highly recommend to instead read R J Hollingdale's book "Nietzsche: The Man and his Philosophy". Hollingdale was a famous Nietzsche scholar who also translated many of Nietzsche's books to English. That book is highly readable and a far better introduction to the subject.

Edit: It's hard to overstate how much of a
Feb 24, 2011 Anthony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nietzsche in 90 minutes? This worthless attempt to present Friedrich Nietzsche's very profound and complex ideas in a concise form as a quick read for the reader utterly fails in every aspect! Paul Strathern only gives a very, very brief outline of Nietzsche's philosophy and a short biography of his life interspersed with numerous disparaging remarks about Nietzsche. One gets the idea that Paul Strathern thinks that Nietzsche was just a megalomaniacal joke who took himself too seriously. He writ ...more
Kyle OBrien
Nov 10, 2009 Kyle OBrien rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only got to page 13 and already realized the author was far too opinionated and biased.
Dec 08, 2013 Joseph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
A short biography touching on Nietzsche's philosophy. I would suggest AntiChrist or Beyond Good and Evil rather than this little book. It is more informative than "The Philosopher's Song" or the Wikipedia entry on Nietzsche, but only slighty.
Nov 22, 2015 Roya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fun- didn't learn anything new, but that didn't seem to be the point.
Mar 29, 2010 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophical
Man this guy's a crappy writer! (Strathern, not Nietzsche)
I encountered a reference to Nietzsche in a book I read recently that didn't square with what I knew about Nietzsche. Then I realized, I really don't know ANYTHING about Nietzsche other than he is famous for saying "God is dead" and that he was big with the Nazis. So I felt like I needed a quick familiarization with this philosopher whose name is referenced so often. Our library had this book, so Nietzsche in 90 Minutes is was.

My quick review is that I now know a little about Nietzsche, but I am
Jul 06, 2015 Kaan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Özet geçmiş. Başlığından belliydi sanki :S
Jun 10, 2015 Judah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“God is Dead.” This is one of Nietzche’s most memorable quotes, as he went on to create a new philosophy which changed the way everybody thought about the world. Nitezche was born in the Mid 1800’s and first took notice to his own way of thinking in his late teens. He soon rebelled against the church, and often spent life in solitude, jotting down his thoughts in his notebook. Nietzche’s Philosophies were not so much a method, but more a vast array of thought provoking anecdotes which, although ...more
Aug 10, 2014 Realini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nietzsche in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern
Übermensch, Will To Power

With his huge moustache, he looked imposing, but Nietzsche was a frail man. Towards the end of his life, he was severely affected by syphilis, which caused him to become mad, in the final stage of the disease.

His father and grandfather have ended up insane, but it was not a genetic disease that caused the sickness of the great philosopher.
The most important message of Nietzsche’s thinking- The Will to Power was inspired by Schopen
Bob Nichols
As of 1996, there were some twenty-eight “90 minute” books on the various philosophers (all but Confucius are Western). Of its eighty-three pages, this book on Nietzsche devotes thirty-five to his “life and thought.” The remainder of the book includes an introduction, afterword, a five page summary of his three key thoughts (will-to-power, eternal recurrence, and the Superman), selections of Nietzsche's aphorisms, ten pages of chronological dates, and a bibliography and index. A lot gets sacrifi ...more
Arash Kamangir
May 20, 2016 Arash Kamangir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خوب خوب خوب
Danica Wilson
May 18, 2015 Danica Wilson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Highly opinionated, and not very factual. He even goes so far as to use the word "stupid" to describe something, and then finishes the book with a quote about not trusting the minds of men infected with syphilis. I would not recommend this book to anyone actually interested in learning about Nietzsche, because you won't get much of anything, especially about his philosophy.
Jan 10, 2016 M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook Format. These little Strathern books are immensely helpful in getting a concise overview of a man's life and thoughts, but with such immense editorial content I can't help but try to profile the author himself. Each book in this series thus far is immensely packed with information and concepts, both correctly and erroneously, tied to the thinker involved. That being said, the necessary step of summarizing the perspective and impact of the thinker is often so densely satirical that it i ...more
P.D. Dawson
Jan 05, 2016 P.D. Dawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting study of the man himself, if a little thin on his actual philosophical ideas. Others have complained about this, but for me I feel it is important to know the character and nature of a philosopher, in order to truly understand the inquiries they have made. I hope to read the whole series of books by Strathern, twenty-eight in total, in order to gain an overview and insight into the philosophical world and its characters, before delving deeper into individual philosophies, and base ...more
Gözen Karahan
Apr 13, 2016 Gözen Karahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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90 dakikada Nietzsche
Ünlü filozof Nietzsche başarılarını 90 dakikaya sığdıran bir kitap.
Birbirinden güçlü ve iyi teorileri ile o dönemdeki en iyi örneklerden.
Dün ve insanlık adına ilk günden kendi çağına kadar araştıran ve düşünen filozof müthiş iyi teorilere imza atmış. Başarının her yüzüne tanık olan filozof kendisinin ne denli büyük bir işe imza attığının farkında zira ara sıra kendini övmeden edemiyor, tabi bir yandan da şöyle söylüyor. "“Ben aziz biri olmak istemiyorum, öyle olmaktansa,
Dec 23, 2014 Brennan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this would be an interesting objective overview of Nietzsche's philosophy. I have only read Thus Spoke Zarathustra, so I have some questions. The biography of Nietzsche was adequate, even if it was very rushed and opinionated. I suggest not reading beyond that. The overview of ideas is incredibly biased and aggravating. By the time I got to the quotations at the end, I began skipping large chunks because I do not care about this man's opinions on Nietzsche. I thought I choose a bo ...more
Jul 10, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone looking through a bargain shelf
More a biography than a sampling of his philosophy, I was left mostly with a sense for how big of a creep the man was.

Still, it was worth a quick read for two reasons. First, I learned that Nietzsche did not provide a comprehensive philosophical system. Instead, his works are a collection of "insights" in an "aphoristic style." The editor claims that while some may be contradictory, it is unfair to say that it is wholly unsystematic because his philosophy, in essence, "spelled the end of all sys
A nice concise history of Nietzsche's life, some main influences in his life, and a high level explanation of some of his key philosophical ideas. Everything I hoped for in a short "in 90 minutes" book. I wanted to gain an idea of his life and the influence of his work without diving into a true biography or philosophy book.
Becky Hintz
About what you'd expect from so brief a treatment. The book does what it sets out to do--it gives a very basic overview of the man's life and thought. Most reviewers seem surprised by the superficial presentation... Come on, guys. It's 90 minutes. Adjust your expectations accordingly.
Jul 02, 2014 Rosa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2014
Perhaps both this book's strength and weakness come from a complete lack of pretense of objectivity. The last section seems to have some obvious contradictions (either that or it's trying to present an idea that's too complex for the space it's squeezed into.)
Stephanie Flood
Informative and mostly direct, but sometimes it delved into unnecessary comments/opinions from the author, skirting to fairly insignificant details, enough to where I wanted to skip past paragraphs. I was more interested in the timeline of this person's life, his works, thought progress and pitfalls. It was a good comprehensive summary of Friedrich Nietzsche, although it felt like the most compelling parts of him weren't tacked onto the paper hard enough or fast enough. I do have patience for go ...more
Nov 21, 2015 Miguel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inglaterra
Si en un libro de 90 minutos el autor se la paso dando su opinión en lugar de explicar los conceptos principales mejor gastar tus 90 minutos en algo mejor.
Feb 02, 2015 Desiree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mostly biographical information (his childhood, inspiration, and ultimate descent into madness). Didn't go into enough depth on his philosophical stances.
Mar 24, 2015 Michele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
This is more of a condensed biography of Nietzsche than an overview of his philosophy, therefore it is of little value to me.
Jordan J. Andlovec
Not a terrible introduction, but makes sweeping statements and generalizations. I still feel like I don't understand Nietzsche.
Dec 08, 2014 Vijay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a waste of time. The Wikipedia page on Nietzsche is both more informative and insightful.
Sep 26, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nice overview of Nietzche's life. I wish there had been more philosophy explained.
Graham Mumm
Oct 02, 2015 Graham Mumm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice short summary of the work and life of Nietzsche
Oct 19, 2015 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Paul Strathern (born 1940) is a British writer and academic. He was born in London, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, after which he served in the Merchant Navy over a period of two years. He then lived on a Greek island. In 1966 he travelled overland to India and the Himalayas. His novel A Season in Abyssinia won a Somerset Maugham Award in 1972.

Besides five novels, he has also written nume
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