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Nietzsche and Philosophy

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  2,122 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. He is a key figure in poststructuralism, and one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century.

Nietzsche and Philosophy has long been recognised as one of the most important accounts of Nietzsche's philosophy, acclaimed for its rare combination of scholarly rigour and im
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 10th 2006 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 1962)
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I am glad that Deleuze emphasized Nietzsche's incompatibility with dialectics, but sort of unimpressed by the book as a whole, which is basically just a summary (not critical at all), and even more in need of clarification than Nietzsche's own writings. I'm not sure that certain Nietzschean concepts (esp. the eternal return and will to power) are really concepts rather than poetic images, and when Deleuze tries to formulate these concepts with the 'precision' he thinks they intrinsically held fo ...more
I wouldn't call Deleuze's book a clarification of Nietzsche, but rather a purification. Nietzsche got such a bad rap that someone needed to pull out his good ideas and mine them. And Deleuze is an awfully good chap for the task. While I don't keep the saintly vision of Nietzsche that G.D. does, I really dig the reinterpretation of the will to power and the extraction of the potential for liberation that Deleuze sees in Nietzsche's texts.
Jun 03, 2008 Darren rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Darren by: David Lewis
Wanted to strangle Deleuze at least 30 times during this book. But it's an inspired and sedulous reading of Nietzsche. If only I could believe what Deleuze believes. How big can one human beings balls be in order to revolutionize human existence? On to Difference and Repetition I go.
Sheldon L
Brilliant exegesis of Nietzsche by an equally profound thinker!
The book revealed to me a whole lot more Nietzsche than I could have ever imagined. Moreover, Deleuze clarifies a lot of what Nietzsche means - especially the very complex idea of the eternal return.
I think that this was one of the more readable Deleuzean texts but that one mustn't read this book without having read some Nietzsche... at least "The Birth of Tragedy" since it was Nietzsche's most understandable books considering it wa
Noé Ajo caamaño
Una filosofía tan conocida y tan mal comprendida como la de Nietzsche quizás rehúye cualquier intento de exégesis, y el mismo Nietzsche no detestaba la idea de ser mal comprendido. Quizás este y otros libros al respecto fueran capítulos prescindibles. Pero el pensamiento es siempre aquello que tiene vocación de pensarse a si mismo; escrita la palabra cobra vida autónoma, se vuelve hacia sí y trepa sobre su propia espalda. Deleuze trata en este libro de escalar el cuerpo de la filosofía nietzsche ...more
Alex Obrigewitsch
Deleuze's thinking of difference is a way through philosophy to get outside of philosophy. It always amazes me how Deleuze can utilize another thinker's concepts in such a way that twists their thought into something new; but a newness that grows forth from the original thought.

Having read Difference & Repetition before this, it was interesting to see how so many of Deleuze's own concepts spring from within his studies of other philosophers.
While I don't completely agree with his interpretat
Nathan Saint ours
I got into Deleuze after having studied Nietzsche for about 5 years, and found this book an absolutely astounding companion to the work of Nietzsche.

This work is only a companion to Nietzsche, as opposed to an exegesis or critique, for a few reasons. Deleuze's specialty is taking a philosopher's works and turning them into something they are not, while at the same time staying almost impossibly loyal to the former's ideas, and this is what he does here. N's ideas are turned into a near analytic
Published in 1962 in France, Nietzsche and Philosopy was significant in that FN's thought was being revisited after the Nazis utilized him as a prop for their morally bankrupt politics. Much like the Nazis, Gilles Deleuze forges something relevant to his own thinking via Nietzsche's work; unlike the Nazi version of FN—or the pop-culture icon version you can fit on a tee-shirt—Deleuze has put together an interesting and uplifting philosophy culled from the mad German's writing. It would be foolis ...more
Eli Jacobs
This is a really cool reading of Nietzsche. It does not attempt to summarize or understand Nietzsche, but to do an intentioned extrapolation of Nietzsche's ideas into new arguments.

Interestingly, Deleuze's reading of Nietzsche is the one that is used most frequently in debate; it's centered on the idea of positive and negative "forces." Interestingly, this may be an issue of translation - there's a note that indicates that Deleuze's word could be "strength" or "force." The translator uses the E
Cary Aurand
Sep 07, 2008 Cary Aurand rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophers, nietzscheans, nihilists
Recommended to Cary by: ray brassier
Here's the thing. This book is fantastic. In classic form, Deleuze disassembles Nietzsche and reassembles him into something new. The problem, for me, is that his re-assemblage just doesn't work. Deleuze turns eternal recurrence into a difference engine, which in and of itself is fine. I agree with him that we ourselves do not recur. Rather, what recurs is the confluence of forces (difference) that creates us anew in each recurrence. However, Deleuze turns this into a sort of moral ethical imper ...more
Eric Phetteplace
Putting this down only about a quarter of the way through because it's not telling me anything.
I'm finding out the hard way that, as much as I love Deleuze, his books on other figures (Nietzsche, Bergson, Bacon, Proust...did I miss any?) are generally less interesting than his original work like Difference and Repetition or—better yet—his writings with Guattari, who tends to politicize Deleuze's otherwise quite abstract concepts. While the description on the back says this is an innovative readi
معتز عناني
الكتاب هو ترجمة لحياة نيتشة من واقع الاحداث التى عاشها مثل عشقه ل لوسالومي وعلاقته المضطربة مع أخته التي هاجرت الى الأرجنتين ومصاحبة فاغنر لبضعة اعوام قبل ان ينقلب عليه الي ان يموت وهو صغير نسبياً بسبب مرض السفلس الذي اصيب به .

حاول جيل دولوز شرح المصطلحات الرمزية التي أكثر نيتشة من استخدامها في كتبه المختلفة مع وضع كتاب " هكذا تكلم زرادشت " في المرتبة الأولى

كذلك اتضح جداً اعجاب جيل بفكر نيتشة بل انه حاول تغيير النمطية المعروفة عن فكر نيتشة بأنه عدو المسيح ،، فقد فسر عداوة نيتشة للميسح ( كان يسم
Neil Turner
This book led me to read more Deleuze. Of course, he co-authored a book with Foucault.
It was great. Now the important thing for me is to find out more about "Difference and Repetition". But I think I am not ready to read it. I am focusing more on Spinoza now. I believe that the concept of immanence is very important for the whole Deleuzian project. So I have to read Spinoza and Leibniz. At the same time I have to read some Heidegger for an exam. I believe after reading this book I have come to new conclusions about Heidegger. I think his later philosophy is more Spinozist than I ...more
im not sure
Mohammed Yusuf
في هذا الكتاب يلبس دولوز نيتشة إلى حد ما غير متوخي الحذر في التعبير عنه وعن فلسفته , تلك التي تحملها شاعرية النصوص في مؤخرة الكتاب , إلا أنني توقعت من الكتاب أكثر من ذلك , تقت إلى معرفة أكثر من متمرس لكن لم أجد ضالتي تماماً

في النصوص المختارة تظهر إبداعيات نيتشة في العرض حيث يضع قالبه الخاص للفكرة ويصبها عليه بالتدريج حتى يكتمل الشكل والذي لا أقيس جماليته بمعناه بل بمبناه

قراءة جديدة مع نيتشة وعنه
Jazz Salo
I read this book in prep for reading Deleuze's major works. Though I think he is honest to Nietzsche's work, the book is a better introduction to Deleuze than to Nietzsche. Not that he misunderstands Nietzsche, but he pushes Nietzsche's in new directions. Now that I am reading his other books, the Nietzsche text gives a good backdrop, or "sense", to his other work
Kelan Steel Lowney
This book brought Nietzsche to post-structuralism, and I can see why: I no longer have my own interpretation of Nietzsche, it having been replaced by Deleuze's. The book is well-nigh impossible to understand, but it's worth the effort if you really want to understand the intricacies of Nietzsche's thought in a comprehensive yet idiosyncratic way!
I've only just started this, but Deleuze's writing (e.g. Foucault) whilst being a succinct concentration of the ‘author’ in question adds (folds?) a extra profoundly distinct dimension that creates space for further enquiry, rather than closure. Would this be an exemplar of Deleuze's ‘machine of struggle’ - Deleuze on Nietzsche Nietzsche+Deleuze? ...more

I just don't know how to rate this. This is one of deleuze's early dissertations. I think that by reading this book, as a nietzsche reference, you are learning just as much about deleuze as you are nietzsche. It is not to be considered anything like an intro to nietzsche or anything of the sort.
One of the best books I've read. In this book you see how Deleuze see's Nietzsche as someone who seeks to affirm life and build constructively - a nice change to usual readings that head towards deconstruction and nihilism. Great background reading to all other Deleuzian texts.
Dominick Cortese
It is an excellent interpretation of Nietzsche's work and provides a framework for delving into the philosophy of Deleuze. There is some jargon, but none which should dissuade someone interested in philosophy, particularly if they've already read "Thus Spoke Zarathustra".
Apr 08, 2008 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in continental philosophy, esp. Deleuze or Nietzsche
One of the more lucid books by Deleuze, it is also a great road into Nietzsche. Much of this book can be traced directly into parts of " Difference and Repetition", Deleuze's later work. Well written and insightful, though not necessarily an easy read.
Johan Nystrom
Extremely compelling reading of Nietzsche, but not without controversies or unclear points. Deleuze successfully turns Nietzsche's notoriously unsystematic thought into a kind of structured system. The writing is dense but firm and manageable.
D.S. Mattison
A stab at the heart of the will to power, the eternal return, ressentiment, bad conscience, revaluation, geneaology, nihilism, affirmation, and negation. A sometimes dizzying exposition of the will to create and critique.
One of my favourite works of philosophy. Simply astounding in the clarity, creativity and breadth of vision Deleuze gives to his appropriate of Nietzschean philosophy. Brilliant.
Freedom as force and action (not connected to any other action--pure force). Reaction as the lowest form of force.

a reactionary politic is an impotent politic

Nietzsche okumalarını kolaylaştırması beklenen, ama bazı konularda daha da karmaşıklaştırıp kafa karıştıran kitap :) Deleuze yazmış sonuçta, normal...
"What is the being of that which becomes, of that which neither starts nor finishes becoming?
Returning is the being of that which becomes."
Going to have to read this again sometime when I have a copy of Zarathustra on hand because I had no idea what was going on.
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