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"Prefaces to Unwritten Works is a collection of five essays, prefaces to books that Nietzsche never went on to write. Nietzsche himself put these prefaces together in the form of a small leather-bound, handwritten book, and gave that book to Cosima Wagner as a Christmas present in 1872. The dedicatory letter indicates that Nietzsche sent this little book to Cosima "in hear ...more
hardback, 144 pages
Published July 20th 2005 by St. Augustines Press (first published 1872)
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Jul 10, 2008 Shawn rated it it was amazing
The title to this text is a bit deceptive. It actually consists of five very short essays that made up a book Nietzsche gave to Cosima Wagner early in the 1870s, although each essay treats a theme Nietzsche had hoped to treat in a book-length work. But the essays read much more like very compact, carefully worded compositions than prefaces. In addition, these writings give a nice view into the early genesis of many of the ideas Nietzsche would formulate more precisely in the 1880s such as eterna ...more
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900) is 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 ide ...more
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