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Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #34)

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With his well-known idiosyncrasies and aphoristic style, Friedrich Nietzsche is always bracing and provocative, and temptingly easy to dip into. Michael Tanner's introduction to the philosopher's life and work examines the numerous ambiguities inherent in his writings and explodes many of the misconceptions that have grown in the hundred years since Nietzsche wrote "do not ...more
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Published February 1st 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 13th 1995)
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Amira Mahmoud
ربما تكمن آفة هذه السلسلة في اسمها؛ (مقدمة) قصيرة جدًا!
حسنًا كُتب هذه السلسة لا تتعدى المئة صفحة إلا قليلاً
هي إذن بالفعل قصيرة جدًا
لكنها ليست مقدمة بالمرة، لفظ مقدمة يوحي أن الكتاب أو الكتيب سيبدأ معك من الصفر أو أعلى قليلاً
من البداية كمدخل تعريفي بسيط..
وعليه حين تقرر قراءة المقدمة الخاصة بنيتشه، ستبدأ القراءة فارغ الأيدي لا تعلم شيئًا عن نيتشه اللهم أنه فيلسوف ما!
باعتبار أن السلسلة "ستُقدم" نيتشه لك منذ البداية والميلاد بطريقة منظمة ومتتبعة لخطواته، في تبسيط شديد لفلسفته.
لكن ذلك لن يحدث
الكتاب
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Araz Goran
Apr 11, 2015 Araz Goran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فلسفة
للمهتمين بالفلسفة ومعرفة نيتشه وفلسفته ولمن يود أن يقرأ ل نيتشه فأنصحه بهذا الكتاب كمقدمة تعريفية جيدة وكأساس لقرأءة ماكتب ..
Kirstine
Nov 14, 2015 Kirstine rated it really liked it
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I wasn't planning on reviewing this book. Actually I intended to read it and keep it from you all, because, come on, who reads introductions? 20-something students who have a presentation in history of philosophy in 3 days, that's who.

Anyway, I wasn't gonna review it, but then suddenly it was funny.

Yes, it's a very good introduction to Nietzsche, and an excellent guide on how to read his various books. It's not for the masses though, well, maybe the educated masses (do they exist?), it will exp
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Gamal elneel
نيتشه
استاذ فقة اللغة الكلاسيكى فى جامعة بازل
المتعصب للعالم اليونانى القديم على حساب العالم المسيحى
اعلن موت الاله
الرافض لاخلاق القطيع
وتنبا ان الراسمالية والتقدم التكنولوجى ستنتج عالم بورجوازى من متوسطى القدرات
ينظر دوما الى ما وراء الافكار التقليدية الى شئ خلاق من الناحية الفردية واكثر راديكالية
Karim Salama
Oct 06, 2015 Karim Salama rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
اذا كان نيتشة اصلا معقد و قلنا ماشي , لكن الكتاب اللي بيشرح افكاره معقد كمان .. كدة كتير
Boris
Mar 28, 2013 Boris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit boek behoort tot de Trouw-serie over de grote filosofen, een prachtig initiatief om Nederland op te voeden. Belangrijk om te vermelden is dat dit boek niet geschreven is voor dit doeleinde. Het is een ouder boek, uit 1994, geschreven door Nietzsche-kenner Micheal Tanner. Dit is belangrijk, omdat de toon erg academisch is en Tanner ook zekere filosofische voorkennis lijkt te veronderstellen. Dit is geen probleem, en ik denk dat iedereen met wat googlen het gehele boek moet kunnen begrijpen, m ...more
ATJG
Oct 03, 2016 ATJG added it
Shelves: 2016
Oxford Very Short Introductions are very good, and Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction is the best of the few I've read (so far).

Michael Tanner, a lecturer on philosophy at Cambridge, a fellow of Corpus Christi, a Wagnerian obsessive, &c. &c. has struck the optimum balance of biographical detail/textual analysis, while peppering the scale with, of all things, funny stuff. In contrast to, say, the authors of Neoliberalism: A Very Short Introduction, who are every bit as humorless as one
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Steve
Oct 05, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
Shelves: thoughts
Meh, I struggle with philosophy, and this one is no exception. Tanner is very enthusiastic about Nietzsche and this comes through. He details all Nietzsche's major works and creates a story through the journey that Nietzsche took through his life and eventual death from syphilis and the madness that comes with.

For me though, it is pretty impenetrable. The thing I am never sure of is why Philosophers don;t just say what they mean, rather than having to rely on us having to rely on interpretations
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #34), Michael Tanner

With his well-known idiosyncrasies and aphoristic style, Friedrich Nietzsche is always bracing and provocative, and temptingly easy to dip into. Michael Tanner's introduction to the philosopher's life and work examines the numerous ambiguities inherent in his writings and explodes many of the misconceptions that have grown in the hundred years since Nietzsche wrote "do not, above all, confound me with what I am no
...more
Tuqa Mohammad
قبل قرأتي لأي كتاب لنيتشه رأيت من الافضل القراءة عنه ، وجدت في هذا الكتاب ضالتي
و كذلك ان نيتشه كما يذكر نقاد اعتمد على اختزال التجربه الانسانيه بسطور معدوده.
في هذه المقدمه القصيره
تبدو حياة نيتشه مثمره مزدحمه بتأمله و بأفكاره المتجدده
أراها متجدده ، هذا ما جعل البعض يقول عنها "متناقضه"
على اي حال
نهاية نيتشه مؤسفه
و ربما مريحه مقارنة بصراعه الفكري !
Stuart Macalpine
Feb 12, 2016 Stuart Macalpine rated it really liked it
Reading Nietzsche is always like sipping cold Alpine water , though Tanner's critiques of him in the final sections are muting.
محمد
Jun 30, 2016 محمد rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
كيف تجعل من نيتشه شيء في منتهى الملل: مقدمة قصيرة جدا
Bender
Dec 08, 2014 Bender rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fuga et illum vero sed et temporibus. Voluptas omnis laboriosam. Dolores mollitia dolor harum est.
Raydu18
Jan 15, 2017 Raydu18 rated it liked it
This book is really for those who have read Nietzsche considerably and quite well-versed in his ideas rather than those, like me, who want to learn about the basics of his life and his philosophy.
J.
Dec 01, 2016 J. rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy, vsi
more a biography than explanation of the writings
Karrar Chaceb
Jan 23, 2017 Karrar Chaceb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مقدمة معقدة لشخص معقد
لم تعطه حقه ولكنها اوجزت عن افكاره
Peter
Jun 12, 2016 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite difficult to understand if you have not studied philosophy before, like me, espeicially when it comes to Wagner, classical arts, Greek culture. I simply just skip that kind of paragraphs. The author suggested that the best way to read Nietzsche's work is the skim through the words, not to dig it deep, so I listen to him, skim this introduction also.

According to the author, Nietzsche prefered the more vehement displeasure to a feeable pleasure as it may afforded us a kind of joy. His funda
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C. Derick
May 15, 2015 C. Derick rated it liked it
This is a better book than many on Nietzsche that embrace Nietzsche more fully, but it seems more like a brief critical engagement than an very short introduction. Tanner interrogates many Nietzschean ideas, but often skips over prior philosopher's exegeses of the more unclear ideas. When he does meant the ways Nietzsche's work has been used, he does so almost off-hand and without specifics as if someone needing a very short introduction to Nietzsche would know interpretative traditions around N ...more
Muzna AL-Abri
مقدمة قصيرة و لكنها كافية كبداية للتعرّف على الفيلسوف و الكاتب الألماني نيتشه.
Jeroen Berndsen
Aug 13, 2012 Jeroen Berndsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NBD|Biblion: [return]Sinds jaar en dag publiceert de Oxford University Press onder de titel 'Past Masters' een reeks pockets waarvan de kwaliteit even hoog is als de prijs laag. Deze serie wordt nu door Lemniscaat vertaald. Het gaat om inleidingen in het werk van grote denkers, geschreven door - doorgaans Engelse - autoriteiten op het betreffende vakgebied. Gegeven de Angelsaksische stijl van filosoferen staat niet het leven maar het denken centraal, en wordt dat denken niet zozeer schools uitee ...more
Daniel Wright
Many of these VSIs to people begin with a short biography, then proceed to outline the main contours of their thought. But this one takes a much better line, moving through each of Nietzsche's major works in turn, providing a concise history of his thought. The author's deep admiration for his subject is on very clear display. Moreover, he takes very seriously the prospect that his reader will go on to read Nietzsche himself, giving helpful advice as he goes. These things easily make up for the ...more
Basma Ismael
Sep 16, 2016 Basma Ismael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب جيد فى مجمله على الرغم من أنه يحمل إسماً مخادعاً "مقدمة قصيرة عن نيتشه" فالكتاب يحمل بين طياته قراءة فى أهم أعمال نيتشه ونقد لبعض آراؤه الفلسفية وهذا لا يصلح بالطبع لمن يقرأ عن نيتشه لأول مرة.... لذا ينبغى على المنتوى قراءة هذا الكتاب مراجعة السيرة الذاتية لنيتشه ومطالعة بعض ما كتب عنه وأهم آراؤه الفلسفية بالإضافة إلى قراءة بعض أعماله الهامة ثم قراءة هذه "المقدمة القصيرة" عنه. فيما عدا تلك الملاحظة فالكتاب جيد فعلاً.

ملحوظة:
لمن يرغب فى التعرف على الفيلسوف نيتشه ومعرفة أهم آراؤه وفلسفاته، بل
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Jakub
Dec 23, 2015 Jakub rated it did not like it
I can't remember the last time I saw a blurb on the back of a book that I disagreed with so much: "highly readable, an excellent introduction." This is attributed to The Guardian, and seems almost totally wrong.

To start with, I'm not sure this book ever felt the touch of an editor's pen, because the grammar is awful. I'm not a pedant, so when I say it's bad, I mean it's so bad it gets in the way of the book being understandable. Sentences ramble and run on, commas splice or go missing. There ar
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Randy Reus
Jul 01, 2015 Randy Reus rated it liked it
I'm no genius, but I think I'm smart enough. I've read all of Dostoevsky, most of Faulkner, and I even read (and mostly understood) Ulysses. But Nietzsche is, for the most part, over my head. I tried this short introduction by Michael Tanner, hoping it might help, but it really didn't.
Some of this is my own fault - I've never liked or listened to much Wagner, and I'm not going to start just because Nietzsche keeps writing about him. I also don't care for a lot of philosophy in general - I'd mu
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Sven Deroose
Chronologische korte bespreking werk per werk van Nietzsche. Over de afwijzing door Lou Salomé : 'Dit laatste stukje leven was het allerhardste dat ik tot dusver kauwde, en het blijft nog steeds mogelijk dat ik erin stik. Ik heb aan die vervloekte en kwellende herinneringen uit deze zomer geleden als aan waanzin - de toespelingen die ik in Basel en in mijn laatste brief daarop maakte, verzwegen steeds het belangrijkste. Er is een gespletenheid door tegengestelde hartstochten, waartegen ik niet o ...more
saizine
Mar 27, 2015 saizine rated it liked it
Certainly a very good companion to Nietzsche--I am unconvinced, however, that one could call this a true “introduction.” It seems to be in its element with a reader who is already familiar with Nietzsche (though not expert): for example, I have read BGE and GM, and found that many passages/notes in this VSI pointed me in interesting directions for further reading both within Nietzsche’s oeuvre and throughout the secondary literature. I’m not sure it would have been as accessible for a reader who ...more
Nikki
Aug 06, 2009 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
I read Nietzsche's "Birth of Tragedy" a few months ago and was really intrigued by his ideas and relating them to my developing concept of "Angel" (the tv series) as modern Greek tragedy. I want to dig into more my Nietzsche, and thought this book might be a helpful stepping stone. Overall, I think Nietzsche's writings speak better for themselves than this book does. In the second chapter, Tanner overviews "Birth of Tragedy" in what I believed to be an overly unflattering tone. However, in the p ...more
Mohamed Samir
Aug 21, 2016 Mohamed Samir rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
يوحي عنوان الكتاب أنه مدخل جيد جدًا لتناول فلسفه نيتشه، خصوصًا لأولئك الذين يتعرفون علي الرجل للمره الأولي أو الذين حاولوا التعرف عليه ولكن واجهتهم صعوبات كثيره في فهم ما يقوله، ولكن يفاجئك المحتوي بشيء مختلف تمامًا، فالذين يحاولون التعرف علي نيتشه للمره الأولي، في الأغلب ستكون هذه مرتهم الأخيره، والذين واجهوا صعوبه في التعرف عليه يواجهوا صعوبه أكبر في فهم شرح الكاتب لأفكاره وفلسفته والذي كان من شأنه أن يكون شرحا قصيرًا جدًا كما يقول العنوان، قصيرًا وسهلًا، وهذا ما لا يوجد في الكتاب أبدًا. بإختص ...more
Joshua
Jun 13, 2014 Joshua rated it it was amazing
While a highly critical book, this is an excellent text. It raises a few questions I too have about Nietzsche's work and uses them to propel the reader into the text. This text really invited me to think about Nietzsche deeply and to follow his maxim in Thus Spoke Zarathustra: follow me and find your own way. It also destroyed the remaining bits of hero worship I had for the man, which seems to be a good thing. I don't know, however, if it's the best introduction to his work. For that, I would s ...more
Lucy
Feb 23, 2011 Lucy rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010, non-fiction
This is the first AVSI I've ever read. I made the mistake of thinking AVSI meant a very simple introduction - it doesnt.

I found this book difficult to follow as the language used was complex and unfamiliar. I didnt find this language barrier particularly useful, in fact, I found it pretentious.

It took me 4 days to read 100 pages and I didnt even pay much attention to the latter chapters. I think I got the jist of Nietzsche, but it wasnt easy and I actually think I would have gotten more out of a
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“كيف يمكن أن يصبح الوجود محتملاً، بمجرد أن ندرك ماهيته؟” 1 likes
“بيد أن نيتشه، في أثناء محاولته لاتخاذ موقف أنثروبولوجي تجاه مجتمعه والعادات الجوهرية في الثقافة الغربية، يواجه محنةً مختلفة ولكنها ربما تكون أشد إزعاجاً؛ إذ إنه أول من يصر على عدم وجود ما يعرف ﺑﺎﻟﺬات اﻟﺤﻘﻴﻘﻴﺔ اﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﺴﺘﻄﻴﻊ أن ﺗﺮى اﻟﻌﺎلم بنزاهة، غير متأثرة ببيئتها. وهو أشد تلهُفاً ليوضح أننا لسنا سوى دوافعنا وذكرياتنا واﻟﺤﺎﻻت والميول اﻷﺧﺮى اﻟﺘﻲ يقودنا علم النحو (وما ينبع من علم النحو، والفلسفة، واللاهوت) إلى أن ننسبها إلى فاعل ما، والذي يتضح أنه أسطوري. وهذه الحالات العقلية يحددها المجتمع الذي ننشأ فيه، وصولاً إلى مرحلةٍ لا نستطيع فيها أن ننفصل عن ذواتنا لنلقي نظرة على ما يمكن أن نكون عليه لو استطعنا الانفصال عما يشكلنا. وبناءً عليه، ما الذي يمكنه إلقاء نظرة بانورامية على الوضع الإنساني، بما يخوّل له إصدار أحكام فيما وراء الخير والشر؟” 1 likes
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