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Human, All-Too-Human: A Book for Free Spirits (Complete Works 6-7)

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This English translation, the first since 1909, restores Human, All Too Human to its proper central position in the Nietzsche canon. First published in 1878, the book marks the philosophical coming of age of Friedrich Nietzsche. In it he rejects the romanticism of his early work, influenced by Wagner & Schopenhauer, & looks to enlightened reason & science. The...more
Published 1974 by Gordon Press (first published 1878)
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Apr 11, 2007 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Free spirits and open minds
Shelves: philosophy
The Nietzsche of his middle period is, in my view, the best, before his mental breakdown. There is less of the crazed polemic in this work than, say, in Ecce Homo, Zarathustra, or Twilight of the Idols, although Nietzsche, being Nietzsche, never takes prisoners in his attacks. Still, there is a good deal of thoughtful reflection on philosophy, culture, religion, family, and marriage that are worth considering.
Sep 30, 2010 Hatebeams marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My copy was stolen before I could finish, but I did get at least as far as aphorism 201 - and what a gem it is! I keep a copy in my workstation at all times and will transcribe it here. I edited the text a little for extra venom (not usually necessary with FWN!).

Bad writers necessary. There will always have to be bad writers, for they reflect the taste of CRETINS who have needs as much as the mature do. If human life were longer, there would be more of the individuals who have matured than of
Though I really enjoyed this book and love studying the works of Nietzsche, Sartre, and others, I'm reminded of a quote recently use on the Daily Show: "I was once a college sophomore, too".

Quoting this book or carrying it around with you on the bus on your way to work doesn't necessarily transform you into someone with deep, cutting insight into our existentialist situation...nor does it make you the "overman". Remember: We all took the same PHIL 101 classes;)
A fun read for the iconoclastic teenager, as all teenagers should be - and, well, everybody else, too. Try to read the book without prejudice, or rather in spite of it, no: in conflict with it. And remember, as probably with all books, where and when it was written - long before the Nazis and the European World Wars, after the Enlightenment, at the end of Romanticism and the birth of Existentialism (loved Dostoevsky), 30 years after "The Origin of the Species", 100 years before The Satanic Verse...more
Glenn Russell
There are many generalizations and sweeping judgments made about Nietzsche and his philosophy. I find such remarks next to useless. For me, there is only one way to approach Nietzsche – read each paragraph and maxim and aphorism slowly and carefully and arrive at my own conclusions after seeing how his words apply to my own life. As by way of example, below are several selections from the 408 ‘Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions’ forming part of ‘Human All-Too-Human’, a book Nietzsche wrote in 187...more
Probably my favorite book by Nietzsche excluding Thus Spoke Zarathustra. If you love aphorisms that pack a punch then this will be right up your alley. Not a laborious read like some "treatise" philosophy, but witty, controversial, eloquent, and brutally honest.
My favorite aphorism - "Life consists of rare individual moments of the highest significance and countless intervals in which at best the phantoms of those moments hover over us. Love, spring, a beautiful melody, the mountains, the moon,...more
Holly Lindquist
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Lady Jane
Allegedly, Nietzsche wrote this piece after he broke his friendship with Wagner, the musician Nietzsche formerly idolized; soon after he began to break away from his fondness for the romanticism of music and art. This shift in attitude is strongly conveyed in this amazing work, Human, All Too Human. As Marion Faber writes in the introduction, "Judging from its sour title, it would certainly be a book which differed from its visionary and utopian predecessors. 'Human, all too human' is kind of a...more
Nikolaus Geromont
Human, All Too Human is the first from Nietzche's canon to feature the crucial concepts of his later (and better known) philosophy, such as the will to power, the idea of the Übermensch, and the need to transcend conventional Christian morality. His book was reportedly born out of a personal crisis, shortly after he had concluded his friendship to Wagner, a time when he arguably matured as a philosopher. From these writings Nietzsche would in due course deliver achievements such as Thus spake Za...more
Who knew that the early Nietzsche could be so likable? The Nietzsche of Human, All Too Human is the funny guy at the cocktail party, who deploys his zingers against religion, art, society, and other such things. If we were Victorians, we'd call him a popinjay. Nowadays, we'd say he's a little like Christopher Hitchens or something. Later Nietzsche, just a douchebag. Early Nietzsche, hilarious! And OK with other humans!

It's hard to call this philosophy. There's no system. I don't however, have a...more
Something about this book feeds my soul. I think the world should be more open to Nietzche. His thoughts and speculations were so different from mine, but it did change me a little in that I should rely less on my emotions and abandon some of my irrational and emotional conclusions about the world. I think much of what he says is quite interesting and worth the read.
There are a few reviews already drawing comparisons (in style at least) to Nietzche's aphorisms and Wittgenstein's. They both carry a feeling of ironic self-criticism and an uncertainty that they will ultimately be able to express what they want to express. Self-deception, after all, is a key theme in both authors' writing.

518 - "Human lot . Whoever thinks more deeply knows that he is always wrong, whatever his acts and judgments."

491 - "Self-observation . Man is very well defended against himse...more
This is a really good read for those interested in the development of Nietzsche's thought, though it is not one to be taken alone. The reason being is that it makes a complete 180 from The Birth of Tragedy in a short period of time. The ideas found in this book indicate most importantly his change in direction from his original, moderate idealism, relatively speaking,for he was never so far gone as to metaphysics as we categorize philosophers as idealists such as men like Berkley, and so you get...more
David Buhler
This book works at painting a portrait of the human condition, as it is often called. And what a condition it is! Nietzsche recommends that we regard life with "philosophical observation" and find in it a source of entertainment.

A few good quotes:

"....psychological observation - is among the means whereby the burden of life can be made lighter, that practice in this art affords presence of mind in difficult situations and entertainment amid a wearisone environment, aye that maxims may be culle...more
Aphorisms. Brilliant, Maddening, Exciting. I'd have to check with my Nietzsche friends, but I think this books marks the beginning of his mature work. As such, I think it is a good place to start and the format--aphorisms, like I said--is good for chewing--ruminating. I enjoyed this immensely and subsequently felt pretty comfortable with his denser works because I felt I had learned, somewhat, to read him. Of course, Nietzsche is best if he just kind of naturally makes sense to you and he seems...more
Sanity Assasin
Nietzsche strives to seperate science & truth, christianity being the mixing bowl with the morals that branch from it. He engenders his "will to power" vehemently. The renunciation of the modus operandi of current society, mostly crying out for the inversion of lower class or caste values, is tagged as defunct, a way of life leading only to weakness and mediocrity. I feel the one thing he could not have masked, if indeed he coveted any stupidity in himself, was his burning insatiability to i...more
Nietzsche was one of the names that attracted me in my youth, as he seemed to my teenage mind, very "punk rock." I found him to be just a grumpy German (or as I now know, more precisely, a Prussian) who said some radical things, if not a bit reactionary seeming to me at the time. I could sense that he was probably more of a gadfly in his time, but my empty youth only had my limited experience and intuition to judge this fiery philosopher. This and Zarathustra were the first books I read by him t...more
Tony Go
One of my co-workers saw me reading this book and said: "You're alright." in that slow genuinely appreciative way. He later referred to himself as the anti-christ and asked me how well his wife performed.*

*His wife was one of my professors in college. Not making this up: I discovered they were a couple based on their beverage preference of Perrier.
What reads mostly as a book invested in society and culture, it, nonetheless, presents itself a psychoanalytic text. This follows: "Would've been there Freud without Nietzsche?"
Perhaps the cynic in me enjoyed this book for that only, albeit it does show with cold contrast a turning point in the author's life.

And it was sad.
Chris Kaeff
"Everyone knows from experience how fast the dreamer can incorporate into his dream a loud sound he hears, bell ringing, for example, or cannon fire, how he can explain it after the fact from his dream, so that he believes he is experiencing first the occasioning factors, and then that sound."
Great way to access nietzsche's heart & soul! Ha!
NO really- great book that I have used on many occassions to prove points to my husband. It's been a great resource. I can see why he died all lonely.... but he was brilliant.
Oct 17, 2007 Hesam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any young spirit
Study of the book for the youngsters would be remarkable in challenging the idea of usual poeple and life, Making wise spirits. While Gazing into abyss of Neitzche's aphorisms would be exciting & terrifiyng; It's a dark abyss.
این کتاب سر آغاز حرکت نیچه در جدا شدن از راه فیلسوف های هم دوره و سابق خودشه ، و اساس حرفاش بر این نکته س که هیچ چیزی متعالی و فرای انسانی وجود نداره و همه چیز انسانی و زیادی انسانیه.

Jose Gaona
Conjunto de ensayos sobre distintos temas que abarcan desde la epistemología y la ontología hasta la religión, la moral, el arte, entre otros muchos tópicos, "Humano, demasiado Humano" nos presenta al Nietzsche descreído de siempre, pero no tan extremadamente cáustico como en sus últimos escritos. Perteneciente a su segunda etapa, anterior al Zaratustra, pero posterior a sus escritos schopenhauerianos, y en constante flirteo con las tesis positivistas, en este libro tenemos ya prefigurada la crí...more
Muito Bom!!!
Cap. 5 "Sinais de Cultura Superior e Inferior"
_271. A arte de raciocinar _"O Maior progresso feito pelo homem foi aprender a raciocinar corretamente. Isso não é coisa tão natural como supõe Schopenhauer ao dizer que " capazes de raciocinar são todos, de julgar, poucos" (Cf.Ética, p.114, mas foi algo aprendido tardiamente, e que até hoje não predomina..." (p.170)
_277. Felicidade e cultura. _"A visão do ambiente de nossa infância nos comove: a casa com jardim, a igreja com túmulos, o l...more
It would be reasonable, but not, of course, required that my previous assessment on Nietzsche's earlier work, Untimely Meditations, be read before continuing here.

With seething, more dangerous, skeptical and gallant steps in his philosophical endeavors, Nietzsche has proven the significance of philosophy in life, with dedicated focus psychologically into the minds of the masses, the purported geniuses, and very few will-livers (those true free-spirits). He submerged himself deeper into philosop...more
After reading Wittgenstein's beautifully written and concise aphoristic remarks in CULTURE AND VALUE straight through in a couple of sittings, I found Nietzsche's aphorisms unpleasantly circumvoluted, and almost off-putting, at first. That said, and although I have struggled through the first section "Of First and Last Things," I got into the second section "On the History of Moral Feelings," which, of course, may be due to the subject matter and to a stylistic turn toward a concision of express...more
Pek hevesle başlayan Nietzsche Okuma Kulübü'nün yarım bırakılan ilk kitabı olarak okumaya başladı(k)m. Sanırım bir tek ben tamamladım. Nietzsche'nin yazdığı her şey gibi sindirilmesi zor ama muhteşem bir kitap. Bu kitabı anlamanın önkoşulunun epeyce talepkar olduğunu söylemeliyim. Bütünüyle içine girebilmek için başta Voltaire olmak üzere, Goethe, Platon, Sokrates, Spinoza, Schopenhauer ve hatta Wagner'e hakim olmak gerekiyor. İsimlerini sıraladığım düşünürlerle ilgili sadece yüzeysel bir bilgiy...more
"Na conversa da sociedade, três quartos das perguntas feitas e das respostas dadas são para magoar um pouco o interlocutor; é por isso que muita gente tem sede da sociedade: ela confere a todos o sentimento de sua força"

Definitivamente não sou grande fã de Nietzsche.

Li este livro porque o meu manual de Introdução ao Direito remetia, mais do que uma vez, para este escritor/filósofo. Vi, algures pela net, que seria o primeiro livro de introdução ao pensamento de Nietzsche.

Ele tem um certo "ódio" r...more
Luke Echo
Its hard to know what to make of this collection of aphorisms. They are so diverse and cover such a wide range of topics. Book I seemed more psychological than Book II and a little more focused.

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How to begin reading Nietzsche 3 54 Apr 16, 2013 09:06PM  
  • The World as Will and Representation, Vol 2
  • Nietzsche, Volumes One and Two
  • Nietzsche and Philosophy (European Perspectives)
  • Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist
  • Critique of Judgment
  • Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography
  • Either/Or: A Fragment of Life
  • The Ego and Its Own
  • The Philosophy of History
  • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
  • Early Greek Philosophy
  • A Treatise of Human Nature
  • Creative Evolution
  • Phenomenology of Perception
  • Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology
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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