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Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  211 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche is 24 lectures, 30 minutes each lecture on 12 audio cds.
Course No. 415 is taught by Kathleen M. Higgins and Robert Solomon.
Unbound, 285 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by The Teaching Company (first published January 1st 1999)
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Gary
Dec 27, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing
Most of the science or philosophy lectures I read (and listen to) will bring up Nietzsche in some way or another. So, at the best I was getting a spattering of Nietzsche's beliefs in an incoherent way. This lecture series has set me straight and has given me a consistent and coherent look at this very interesting philosopher (who at times could be inconsistent). Most philosophers I find wanting. After this lecture series, I must say I still find Nietzsche intriguing and worth reading more about ...more
Mohammad Ali Abedi
Aug 03, 2013 Mohammad Ali Abedi rated it did not like it
The audiobook is released by The Teaching Company, marketing their educational audiobooks as similar to college lectures.

That might be true, but in no way is that a positive quality to me, as college education is awful.

“Will to Power - The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche” is an awful audiobook on Nietzsche. Its length is 12 hours, so it is not exactly a quick listen. But what an astonish waste of time. The lecturers are Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins, two professors with zero charis
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Tiffany
Feb 06, 2016 Tiffany rated it really liked it
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It took me nearly a year to get though this Teaching Company lecture, because it wasn't what I was hoping for. As a relative newbie to all things philosophy I'm still looking to be spoon fed my philos like a baby. Professors Solomon and Higgins taught this course like they were talking to a group of adults with a cursory knowledge of Nietzsche's work and reputation. So not only did I begin at a disadvantage I also did not have the reading material they suggested for each lecture which I assume w ...more
Mark
Aug 19, 2015 Mark rated it it was ok
I was hoping that this Great Course would help me to understand the philosophy of existential philosopher Friedrich Nietzche. It is taught by the husband wife team of Professors Robert Solomon (who also taught the Existentialism Great Course) and Kathleen Higgins in 24 half hour lectures.

Both professors speak well, they are knowledgable and both speak clearly. I felt a bit like a pinball in this course though. I get that to undertand where Nietzsche was coming from, we have to know a bit about
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Bruce Baugh
Aug 12, 2015 Bruce Baugh rated it really liked it
A very good introductory survey of Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy, team-taught by a husband and wife pair of professors. Both have very good delivery, though Prof. Kathleen M. Higgins does use "in a sense" more than I think is actually illuminating. It was enjoyable to listen to, and clear throughout. Their presentation weaves together biography and discussion of ideas - as they point out, Nietzsche did this himself and endorsed it as a method, and the biographical context definitely clarifies ...more
John Doyle
Dec 16, 2013 John Doyle rated it it was amazing
A clear and comprehensive exploration of Nietzsche's rejection of all dogmas (stoicism and religion alike) that tend to suppress expression of the individual will. I enjoyed the lectures.
Jacob O'connor
Aug 12, 2015 Jacob O'connor rated it liked it
One of the hardest books I ever read was a survey of the European philosophers. It was selected readings from Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, etc. And yes, Nietzsche. Solomon and Higgins do an excellent job bringing this difficult material to the lower shelf. If we're charitable, we can learn quite a bit from Friedrich Nietzsche. Regretably, their understanding of Christianity is no more sophisticated than his.

Some notes:

-both good and bad deeds are motivated by a desire to display our power

-Nietzs
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Abdulaziz Fagih
When I picked up this series I thought it would concentrate on intensively on the various interpretation of the work of Friedrich Nietzsche but his course is actually more of comparison of a various philosopher ideas to Nietzsche ideas. This makes it an excellent general philosophy course rather than a course about Nietzsche.

the lecturer are more into presenting Nietzsche as superior philosopher and defending him of any clam that color his picture in bad way. There intense defense of him sometim
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Brian
Jun 29, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
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I knew very little about Nietzsche before this lecture series. I knew he was notorious and controversial, which is probably a big part of my interest in starting down this road. I was surprised at how much I liked his thoughts, how well his various views matched my experience or suspicions. Though many of the points were, at first glance, ridiculous. but upon further reflection many of them become at least somewhat convincing, or at the very least worth considering. Now I'm left deeply curious a ...more
Charlie
Aug 27, 2016 Charlie rated it liked it
I failed to absorb much useful information from the lectures.
Perhaps I'm not the right listener.
It's my impression that this would be primarily useful for advanced philosophy students as the bulk of the work dispells misconceptions that I had never conceived of and makes references that are over my head without much or any explanation.
I was expecting to learn about will to power and the philosophy of Neitsche, but that didn't happen, and I don't think it would happen unless you were in the la
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Jared Komoroski
Jan 18, 2016 Jared Komoroski rated it really liked it
Good primer. I think this should help me keep my bearings as I jump into the works themselves. Nietzsche is so intimidating for some reason.
John Robertson
Oct 08, 2015 John Robertson rated it really liked it
Great series, well put together for better comprehension of his theories, well presented, authors managed to get over their enthusiasm for the man which makes it very engaging, I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned quite a bit too!
Nordenstorm
Sep 08, 2016 Nordenstorm rated it liked it
A bit slow.
Larry
Nov 26, 2014 Larry rated it really liked it
While reading this Nietzsche we celebrated the 170th birth anivery.
We should not read Philosophy, we study Philosophy in the context of the times and that is what this program is about.
Rob
Feb 22, 2013 Rob rated it it was amazing
An excellent course. Not only were the two professors, who are a husband-wife team of Nietzsche lovers, engaging and thoughtful, but they made a concerted effort to dispel common myths about Nietzsche's views and philosophy. I highly recommend this selection from The Great Courses for anyone who is looking for an introduction to the life and thought of Friedrich Nietzsche.
Staci Corcoran
Jun 23, 2015 Staci Corcoran rated it really liked it
It's philosphy, it makes my brain hurt even while it firms up thoughts that have been in my head for a while. Not sure, but PRETTY sure that means I chose the right philosopher. :)
R. August
Oct 01, 2011 R. August rated it liked it
Given that Nietzsche was the first philosopher I ever read I was surprised I didn't like this better than I did. The sections seemed to be in a random order and there wasn't much tie-in between the facets of Nietzsche's thought. The latter half was better than the former, but by then the damage was done.
Bob Page
Feb 10, 2015 Bob Page rated it it was amazing
An incredibly informative set of lectures that provide all the context needed to understand Nitzsche's philosophy
Danielle
Aug 26, 2015 Danielle rated it liked it
Good content but I could only handle short amounts of the lectures at a time. I'd like to think it was the lecturers presentation of the material, but it could also be my lack of focus!
Johannes Bertus
May 17, 2014 Johannes Bertus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still thoroughly dislike Nietzsche's philosophy, but this lucid and enjoyable explanation helped me better understand why I react to his ideas the way I do.
Bry Willis
Dec 22, 2013 Bry Willis rated it liked it
Interesting and thought provoking, but some bits are better than others. On balance, it's worth the time.
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Robert C. Solomon (September 14, 1942 – January 2, 2007) was a professor of continental philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Early life

Solomon was born in Detroit, Michigan. His father was a lawyer, and his mother an artist. After earning a B.A. (1963) at the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to the University of Michigan to study medicine, switching to philosophy for an M.A. (1965)
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“Nietzsche says very clearly all the way through his career that if you want to define human nature the first thing you must say is that human beings insist on value--we see the world through value colored eyes. We do not know how to look at things neutrally, value-free. So, it's not a question of giving up all values, it's simply a question of which values.” 6 likes
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