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The Will to Power

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Represents a selection from Nietzche's notebooks to find out what he wrote on nihilism, art, morality, religion, and the theory of knowledge, among others.
paperback, 608 pages
Published August 17th 2011 by Vintage Books (first published 1901)
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Nietzsche makes his world, based on Becoming and Creating, in order to replace (Destroy! God help us!) Plato’s world which was based on Being and Knowing. I should really say Plato’s worlds; after all, Modernity and its various Ideologies are also, for Nietzsche, Platonisms that have descended into nihilism …That is the difficulty, ‘Worlds’, even philosophically manufactured worlds, tend to fragment over time. It is exactly as Heidegger somewhere indicated; nihilism is not the destructio...more
It seems to me that the only thing more tragic than the fact that Nietzsche was never able to write the Will to Power, is that this hodgepodge of notes and jottings was mistaken for it. Still I am surprised that so many academics simply accepted all the ludicrous claims that it was his masterpiece. There was Heidegger who, perhaps defensively, suggested ignoring the published works in favor of it. And at an even further extreme was Derrida who thought we really ought to be looking more closely a...more
I think the most important thing to keep in mind when reading “The Will to Power” is that it is NOT a “book” in the proper sense of the term. It is merely a collection of thoughts and scraps that are extensions of previous thoughts, meditations on works that were being fleshed out at that time, and projections towards future investigations. As Kauffman points out (who, by the way, I became a bit annoyed with throughout this edition with his constant self aggrandizement – despite the fact that he...more
Rebecca Bratten
The lack of coherent structure in this work which may delight such lovers of disorder who might like to claim poor Fritz as their own is, in sooth, due to the unfortunate fact that Will to Power was not really written by Nietzsche. His sister, who appears to have gotten the short end of the genius stick in the family (and was thus deeply anti-semitic) collected her favorite of her brother's aphorisms which he had never intended to publish. At the time he was laid up in bed, sick and a maniac, so...more
Ivan Soto
The editor Walter Kaufman says that everything a reader can understand about Nietzsche's philosophy is available from his completed books. The Will to Power is a compilation of notes from Nietzsche's manuscripts, organized by a publisher, that were either included in his published books or were notes of work in progress or work planned. The book still adds fascinating insight into Nietzsche's way of recording and dwelling on his ideas, and lends emphasis to one of his central concerns: human nat...more
Maria Velcheva
Nietzsche didn't even write this book! Even if he DID do some notes, the whole book was edited by his sister. I don't understand why it is so highly rated. Perhaps the same reason many people hate Friedrich Nietzsche for being Adolf Hitler's favorite philosopher - because they don't know a sh*t about the author. Good job, "readers".
Erik Graff
Nov 08, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Nietzsche fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
When it comes to Nietzsche I have been prejudiced by the work of Walter Kaufmann and R.J. Hollingdale. Kaufmann, who translated most of the philosopher's works, clearly cared for his subject and attempted a positive reconstruction of the man in his biography of him as well as in his translations. His work as akin to that of an honest scholar of Christian antiquity who happens to be Christian himself.

Consequently, Kaufmann's attempt to fabricate his subject's unpublished manuscripts into a fair r...more
Book has given me so much. Above all, the work did turn upside-down everything I considered a good, proper or moral...true that in 1999 I was very Young and my personality wasnt yet developed...I have to add, that understanding latin, speaking spanish, german and english, was easier to read, I only needed some help for translation of french citates and it did enlarge my horizon...Time has come again and I will read it once again...I will add a note to present You the difference of understanding...more
It's very interesting to compare this translation with the one my mother owns. This is newer than hers and it's based on more recent scholarship and a more complete original version. This translation negates much of the interference of Nietzsche's sister and her husband (who edited and reorganized his work to push their own antisemitic beliefs). The sense of Nietzsche's meaning and values in this newer version is profoundly different - and sometimes contradictory - to the translation that was st...more
I reread The Will to Power recently and I absorbed, yet again, another set of meaning from this work.
Pros: Nietzsche makes me laugh and say "No he didn't!" quite often.

Cons: He switches between making up his own history and then whining about it quite often. But c'mon, it's Nietzche.

Overall: I didn't go all out on my review here mostly because there are dozens of volumes of commentaries on Nietzsche's work out there. I liked it, but I can't think of another person I would recommend it to.
Too bad he was a Fascist. A really smart Fascist to boot! He wasn't a Nazi because he was not an anti-semite, but a Fascist none the less. Don't let your college professor sugar coat it, Nietzsche was bat-shit crazy, and that's why I love his books!
This is just selections from Nietzsche's notebooks of the 1880's, not a real book. But I'd rather have a collection of Nietzsche's B-sides and outtakes than any other philosopher's greatest hits.
Fantastic book that gets misinterpreted and mangled constantly, by people who probbably have never read it or have no grasp of what it describes. If you're like me you'll love it ;o)
Ryan Riggs
OUTSTANDING. I have never read a more life-affirming text.
According to the introduction in my book, Will to Power "contains passages of varying degrees of completion from Nietzsche's notes for a major work which he labored on for over half a decade and ultimately abandoned."

Book 4, on Discipline and Breeding, is the section of most interest and probably most recognized. Niezsche details the "Superman" and if you are thinking about reading Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the background provided will clarify Nieztsche's intent and meaning.

Nietzsche described hi...more
Amir yaghuty
عمرا من حتي يه كلمه آلماني بفهمم... هر چي جستجو كردم ترجمه اراده قدرت فردريش نيچه از دكتر مجيد شريف رو گير نياوردم...به هر حال من اين ترجمه دو جلدي رو خوندم و همينجا اعلام ميكنم كه نسخه آلماني اين كتاب رو ناگزير تو مجموعه كتابهاي خواندنيم گذاشتم. برم سر اصل مطلب... نيچه يك جانور واقعي است هيولايي كه به هيچ عنوان در قرن خودش(نوزدهم) كشف نشد و اصلا اقتضاي اون قرن درك يه همچين هيولايي رو ايجاب نمي كرد آخه مگه ميشه يه نفر بنيان همه گزاره هاي فلسفي پيش از خودش رو از ريشه بزنه؟؟؟نيجه جز معدودي از گزار...more
Scott Smith
I was just starting to reread this book and this passage totally reminded me of what I posted the other day here
. This book is really just a compilation of Nietzsche’s notebooks on unfinished writings, compiled and published posthumously. The part that applies to my game the most is “the position of art” section (#7)... the core part of what “the game” is about.


Friedrich Nietzsche

(1885-1886) Toward an Outline

1. Nihilism stands at the d...more
Kapitalno delo najveće muškarčine među filozofima i najvećeg filozofa među muškarčinama, Volja za moć je neka vrsta rekapitulacije svih glavnih ideja iz Ničeovih prethodnih knjiga, podeljena u tematske celine i objavljena posthumno zahvaljujući njegovoj sestri koja je prikupila sve neobjavljene beleške.

Niče je jedan od najozloglašenijih filozofa za koje ja znam a nakon čitanja većeg dela njegovog opusa savršeno mi je jasno i zašto. Ako je Šopenhauer (koji je inače izvršio i najpresudniji uticaj...more
Matt Payne
Nietzsche's notes from several of his books. Notes that he never intended to publish, which dive deeper into metaphysics than he preferred to have published.

It's really amazing, but only if you're already a big fan of his work. I only give it four stars instead of five because it was compiled by someone else and published posthumously without his permission. We'll never know how he would have compiled it if he'd chosen to publish this.
This is certainly not light reading. All the wit and fanaticism of Nietzsche is there, but it lacks the tightness and perfection of his other publications. I could not understand much of the material on one reading, but N. seems to be developing his own vocabulary that, once grasped, expose you to all of his genius. For example, while reading his thoughts about physics and chemistry, his logic seemed mad and laughable. With regular re-readings of earlier passages to deepen my understanding of hi...more
The most purely philosophical and easily digestible summation of Nietzsche's ideas, written by Nietzsche himself. Whether you agree with him or not, well, of course, that's your choice. If you agree with all of his aphorisms, well, I think you should perhaps go on a some sort of inhibitor of some kind, or perhaps become a French postmodernist. I'm very glad Nietzsche's ideas exist and are discussed, even if I believe they are almost all reactionary and critical, rather than creating some solid f...more
Dries Van cann
One thing I don't like about this guy is he seems to be constantly agitated, annoyed. What's with all the exclamation marks? This guy has a serious chip on his shoulder. The reader must be a sort of masochist to put up with this angry tone.
Must read though.
Jonathan Hart
Nietzsche's Will to Power was not actually written by Nietzsche himself but compiled by his sister posthumously. She found several of his unpublished and often undeveloped ideas that were written down. She has her own agenda and on several occasions reworded or wrote her own ideas and passed them off as her brothers. The Will to Power is a fantastic work and the only translation actually worth reading is the translation by Walter Kaufmann. Most people completely misunderstand Nietzsche or take o...more
Mike  Kelley

A perennial favorite for reading. Taken in small meaningful doses one can begin to use the raw materials inside to assemble one's own perspective on Humanity and strive toward ones own project of Power. It is not a book of concrete ideas in some edifice or institution that aspires toward being the system of everything but something far more dangerous; it is a string of potent concepts that with a little inspiration will serve one in the guerrilla campaign of life. Being both incomplete and Nietz...more
Absurditas Malka
Apa yang subtantif dari hakikat kemanusiaan, bukanlah moral atau nalar sebagaimana yang dianut selama ini (oleh masyarakat Eropa pada saat itu). Melainkan tindakan (act) yang menggelegak dalam bentuk hasrat untuk berkuasa "the will to power".

Manusia yang berpegang pada kehendak untuk berkuasa, dialah manusia hebat "ubermencsh" yang selalu berkata "ya" pada hidup. Menampik untuk kalah dan menolak untuk bersedih!
Eric Phetteplace
My favorite Nietzsche cuz of its scope and aphoristic form (mostly incomplete journal-entries, a real glimpse into his mind). Disproves a number of the common misconceptions about N, i.e. that his theory supported Nazism (he rants against both German nationalism and anti-semites) and that he was a nihilist (the whole project of this book is to rescue humanity from nihilism, be it active or passive).
Musings from the great philosopher's notebooks - a synopsis of his collected thoughts and convictions. Not an easy read but an important look into the mind of the most misunderstood philosopher of the past 2000 years. His insights into the human psyche are flawless. Anyone who calls themself an intellectual must study Nietzsche at some point and time.
It gets a little hard to follow as those are random thoughts put together by his sister and I don't tend to agree with hisideas in general. Sometimes his contradictions are tedious and often made me want to close the book. However, I won't deny he had some interesting ideas concerning art, such as the revalorization of greek tragedy among other things.
Richard Fulgham
This book is not Nietzsche's final testament and philosophical stance. "The Will to Power" was compiled from notes left behind after Nietzsche's death. His sister, Elizabeth, editied and arranged them, adding a foreword that her brother likely would have removed, in my humble and absolutely unimportant opinion.
Sep 21, 2010 Jon added it
read selections for a course on psychoanalysis and deconstruction, and plan on returning to this in the future as the need arises. i was originally skeptical about the book, and how it was compiled. however, there are definitely some great nuggets in here (749, for instance - see heidegger's nietzsche)
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900) was a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in, rather than those situated in a world beyond. Central to his philosophy is the id...more
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“Virtue is under certain circumstances merely an honorable form of stupidity: who could be ill-disposed toward it on that account? And this kind of virtue has not been outlived even today. A kind of sturdy peasant simplicity, which, however, is possible in all classes and can be encountered only with respect and a smile, believes even today that everything is in good hands, namely in the "hands of God"; and when it maintains this proportion with the same modest certainty as it would that two and two make four, we others certainly refrain from contradicting. Why disturb THIS pure foolishness? Why darken it with our worries about man, people, goal, future? And even if we wanted to do it, we could not. They project their own honorable stupidity and goodness into the heart of things (the old God, deus myops, still lives among them!); we others — we read something else into the heart of things: our own enigmatic nature, our contradictions, our deeper, more painful, more mistrustful wisdom.” 26 likes
“It is a self-deception of philosophers and moralists to imagine that they escape decadence by opposing it. That is beyond their will; and, however little they acknowledge it, one later discovers that they were among the most powerful promoters of decadence.” 22 likes
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