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Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks is a publication of an incomplete book by Friedrich Nietzsche. Intending publication, he'd a clean copy made from notes written ca. 1873. In it he discussed five Greek philosophers of the 6-5th centuries: Thales, Anaximander, Heraclitus, Parmenides & Anaxagoras. He'd intended to include Democritus, Empedocles & Socrates. T ...more
Paperback, 123 pages
Published January 25th 1962 by Henry Regnery Company (Chicago) (first published 1873)
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Anybody says they understand the Pre-Socratics at the first go is either a genius or a liar (or both!).

Philosophy books are not generally things that mere mortals can skim over, and this was no exception, with some sections requiring multiple reads to get even the basic points.

No false humility here, I hope, it just takes time for even an avid reader to get the concepts in place, much less the assertions that are being made about those concepts.

Then you have to remember what the prior points an
4.5 stars

I am upset with myself.
No. I am downright mad at myself.

Here is the “connective tissue,” the link between Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy and his later work. And, on my shelves, it sat. For years.

Although I had read portions of it, I never did return to read this wonderful text cover-to-cover. Ah, such is the sometime nature of the undergraduate sensibility! Excerpts. Sections. And "never enough time." Apparently.

As a philologist, Nietzsche obviously was intimately familiar with the cl

The young Nietzsche on the impotence of Philosophy...

This book has much of interest to say about various Greek philosophers but precious little to say of Nietzsche's method of proceeding. Of that Nietzsche says, in the preface that "philosophical systems are wholly true for their founders only. For all subsequent philosophers they usually represent one great mistake, for lesser minds a sum of errors and truths. Taken as ultimate ends, in any event, they represent an error..." In this b
Brandon Henke
Deep, rich, alluring, and colorful. A brilliant young Nietzsche paints a vivid, romantic picture of pre-Socratic thought. The paints, five ancient Greek pillars of western philosophy. Our gaze is first directed at the star-burst white of Thales, the royal purples of Anaximander, the fiery reds of Heraclitus, the cold black of Parmenides, and culminates in the rainbow of Anaxagoras' wonderful creation.

A beautiful look at the seeds of Nietzsche's genius.
4.9 stars out of 5.0

"When one makes as tot
D.S. Mattison
Jun 05, 2008 D.S. Mattison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of presocratics and Nietzsche
If Reginald Allen's treatment of the early philosophers is concise, then Nietzsche's is illuminating. This book is not only about the certain thoughts of certain men, but rather it is about how their personalities and lifestyles were shaped by these same thoughts. Nietzsche claims that nowhere today can we find a person who has such conviction as these men did, however absurd their ideas might seem to us now. More important than his discussion of trends in ancient philosophy is the explosive eme ...more
m. soria
he was a grad student when he wrote this. great way to meet him, and know more about his ideas than syphilis and the anti-christ.
Cody Jo
Astute, shrewd, and delicious, this is the dark chocolate of philosophy - Nietzche & the Heart of Greek Philosophy. I read this to compliment my Greek Philosophy class and, wow, this was a privileged insight by which to develop my understanding of the Pre-Socratic thinkers. Nietzche's passionate intellect examines the first great thinkers of philosophy and the culmination of their ideas. All the questions of philosophy originate from their initial observations: coming-to-be, the nature of th ...more
With his reverential concerns and exaltation to the way, the standpoints and culture of the Greeks, Nietzsche uses transcendental wit that only his mischievous writing could manifest so thoughtfully and delicately.

This was not an easy task for him as he spoke on a detailing scale for a few of the Greeks he believed that set a colloquial and prodding notion for communication to transpire. Two figures he focused on, in his opinion, set this notion and even to our standards of living today. Thales
An unfinished early manuscript by the last great metaphysician of the West examining several pre-Socratic philosophers of the early classical age. This is a slim volume, but Nietzsche manages to pack in a thorough review of Thales, Anaximander, Heraclitus, Parmenides, and Anaxagoras. As a trained philologist, Nietzsche knew the Greeks well and pulls the reader into the marvelous ancient culture that produced these philosophers. Although I found the treatment of Parmenides somewhat dismissive, Ni ...more
John Scott
A must-read in order to understand Nietzsche.
A young Nietzsche shows his depth of understanding for the Greeks. Though NIetzsche said no young man could understand the Greeks, he disproved his own point. But maybe he never was a young man. I am a young man, and I am far from understanding the Greeks themselves. Which is why it's good that there are books like this one that will bring me closer to understanding them.
Jared Della Rocca
Each word in this book I knew and could use in a sentence. Unfortunately, when put together in these sentences, it was totally lost on me. As a reference book for pre-Socratic philosophers, it would be extraordinarily helpful. But just for reading, it was an absolute slog.
HuDa AljaNabi
أشبع من فضولي حول الفلسفة والاغريق وأفكار نيتشه, خليط مميز :)
S-a spus cu dreptate că un popor nu va fi caracterizat atât prin oamenii săi mari , cât prin felul în care îi recunoaște și îi cinstește pe acești oameni mari .
Erik Graff
Nov 08, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nietzsche fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
It may have been good that Nietzsche failed as a classical philologist and became an aphoristic philosopher. If this--or The Birth of Tragedy for that matter--is representative of his scholarship, he would not have survived in a truly academic environment. Instead, one finds here a Romantic appropriation of the several of the pre-Socratics.
Richard Zhang
A unique and historically accurate insight into the five Pre-Socratic philosophers: Thales, Anaximander, Parmenides, Heraclitus, and Anaxagoras. Writing about the Pre-Socratic philosophers, Nietzsche also shows the correspondence between the Pre-Socratic philosophy and his own.
Nietszche's thinnest volume, an early one. Little known (I think). The premise is that once a philosopher's work is done and assigned to the shelf, there is still a personality alive within it. He draws subtle portraits of the pre-Socratics as , well, men.
Nate Markham
great read. basically nietzsche picks out the ancient greek philosophers who he feels should be remembered in the history of human thought. a good place to begin learning philosophy, then work into the individual philosophers he documents here.
No young man understands Greek Philosophy , but Nietzsche make you pass half the way , really you don`t have to get around all of the Greek thought , If you understand Democritus , ur almost there . ...more
Brook Miscoski
Aug 03, 2007 Brook Miscoski rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dorks
This is a great, short perspective on various ancient Greek philosophers. I want to find the writings of Anaxagoras some day, I really like his version of the Universe.
Jul 20, 2012 pearl marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Nietzsche on those crazy pre-Socratics? Gimme, gimme, GIMME.
A very concise and insightful analysis of pre-Socratic thought.
Kia Taheri
A well-known philosophic book about Greeks philosophers :)
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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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