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Nietzsche in 90 Minutes (Philosophers in 90 Minutes)

3.08 of 5 stars 3.08  ·  rating details  ·  361 ratings  ·  37 reviews
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 October 1st 2003 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published July 8th 1996)
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Johan Nystrom
Sep 06, 2011 Johan Nystrom rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
Kyle OBrien
I only got to page 13 and already realized the author was far too opinionated and biased.
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
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
Edward Moran
This author, as I've learned from his other books, thinks Freud was a genius. He claims one can see that thus spake Zarathustra was written in a "pre-Freudian" age. For me, this book is a source of inspiration, and when I read it, I don't want to worry about what Freud might or might not say about a symbol. I just want to let it flow over me not analyze it. He compares Zarathustra to the parables of Jesus and nietzsche comes off pretty badly. I guess nietzsche might be poking a little fun at pio ...more
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
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Mostly biographical information (his childhood, inspiration, and ultimate descent into madness). Didn't go into enough depth on his philosophical stances.
Mrs N
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.
This book is a waste of time. The Wikipedia page on Nietzsche is both more informative and insightful.
Victoria Caudle
nice overview of Nietzche's life. I wish there had been more philosophy explained.
David Burke
An audio book I "read" while doing yard work. A quick read, in print or on tape. An excellent introduction to the objective reality of Nietzsche's philosophy. Gives a concise recount of his life, the roles that different figures played in his life and how they influenced him. I think it does a good job of explaining Nietzsche as a dangerous force, but that the most dangerous products of his work (fascism)were themselves travesties of his actual intent. Much like a podcast.
Bogdan Liviu
"Thus Spoke Zarathustra, like Dostoevsky and Hesse, are unreadable unless you're a teenager."
"The parable of Zarathustra is childishly simple, and on reflection it remains so. Yet its message is profound despite this."
If you can avoid his personal opinions, the book is still useful (after all it's about Nietzsche, you can't really go wrong there; although Paul Strathern almost managaes to do just that).
An overall disappointment!
Natacha Maree
Although I enjoyed the subject matter, the person who wrote this book on Nietzsche was a horrible writer. Also he is rather opinionated which makes it feel like you are listening to one of those "all-knowing/don't-disagree-with-me" professors.
Enjoyed mostly the autobiographical aspects of the book as well as the summary of Nietzsche's main theories.
Beth E
Famously declaring, "God is dead", Nietzsche lived during the the height of German Metaphysics thought, feeling fully responsible for his actions and the consequences thereto. Interestingly, he was the son of a German Lutheran pastor and had originally enrolled in university to study theology to become the same. My, how far thought can carry a person...
If nothing else, Strathern stresses how Nietzche's sister tampered with his works later in life. The misuse of his words would have driven him mad if he wasn't already there. I admit I burst out laughing at Strathern's comment that "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" is deep.. for a high schooler. I'm sure that offended many readers.
Took the audio book on a run with me, because as nice as exercise is, I often still find myself considering it wasteful....picked up some good trivia on Nietzsche's life, but all in all found this too brusque to be constructive. I might also mention some obvious bias I picked up on. XD

loner, become mentally ill from syphilis
Contains a biography which was interesting, and some quotes and lines from his work along with a philosophy time-line. Does fit him into the overall body of philosophy.
M Pereira
Good work, it is funny and succinct. There is an interesting summary of Nietzsche's life with an interesting foray into the issue of the Nazism misinterpretation of the 20thC
Stephen Austin
This is an appalingly bad book, and its author and publishers should be ashamed. The philosophical content is negligible.
Entertaining and cute- quite a short intro. I can't say I learned a ton, but it was a fun biographical sketch all the same.
Interesting book on the philosopher who declared 'God is dead', 'will to power' and 'superman'.
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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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