Basic Writings of Nietzsche
Introduction by Peter Gay
Translated and edited by Walter Kaufmann
Commentary by Martin Heidegger, Albert Camus, and Gilles Deleuze
One hundred years after his death, Friedrich Nietzsche remains the most influential philosopher of the modern era. Basic Writings of Nietzsche gathers the complete texts of five of Nietzsche’s most important works, from his first book to his las
What you get here is indispensable - if you're going to do serious work, or make a serious attempt to understand Nietzsche, you probably need "The Birth of Tragedy," "The Genealogy of Morals,...more
Nietzsche, like Plato, is a philosopher kids can read with profit. Of course, not being familiar with the historical and cultural contexts out of which they wrote, one can go quite wrong in one's interpretatio...more
Also, there is a miscellaneous collection of sections from other books, notes, and letters.
For those that want to read more Nietzsche, the perfect comp...more
What can one say? An ingenious compendium by a man who was a genius, who was head of a department of philosophy of a world-renowned university at 24, misunderstood (and mistranslated and mistreated) in his own lifetime, who knew he would be misunderstood, mistranslated and mistreated in his own lifetime, who became discouraged, depressed, spent too much time alone, got syphilis from sleeping with prostitutes, died in an asylum with the...more
Why these writings inspire me:
1. He is a philosopher but he is also a writer; in fact, the two in him are indistinguishable.
2. He loves what is noble, instead of what is good; he hates what is contempti...more
This project of this book is invaluable. The scope, depth, and insight provided by the editors and Kaufmann himself are of inestimable importance. It is easy to get lost, even the most robust of readers, in such a compendium, and I thank the editors of this volume for providi...more
To understand his perspective clearly, one must first understand Friedrich Nietzsche. He was a tortured soul, one who had many crippling ailments and unlucky failures in life, love and wealth, ultimately leading to his deterioration and institutionalization. However through his failures he saw the ultimate beauty within the nature of man and the fullness one...more
"One cannot get rid of anything, one cannot get over anything, one cannot repel anything-everything hurts. Men and things obtrude too closely; experiences strike one too deeply; memory becomes a festering wound. Sickness itself is a kind of resentiment".
"Against all this the sick person has only one great remedy: I call it Russian fatalism, that fatalism without revolt which is exemplified by a Russian s...more
Nietzsche is always provocative, especially when you strongl...more
But you've got the whole range here - The Birth of Tragedy is young Nietzsche at his most careful, but still a cocky bastard. At the other end of the spectrum, and...more
Overall, the 'Basic Writings of Nietzsche' is better than the 'Portable Nietzsche'. Why? First, and most importantly, these works are (thank the Fates!) indexed. The introductions to the works are too terse, as in the 'Portable Nietzsche', but in a cheap edition it is about what one should expect. Ignore the 75 Aphorisms. It is always better to read Nietzsche complete. The 'Commentary' consists of snippets from three interpreters: Heidegger, Camus, and Deleuze. Better to read them comple...more
As with most of Kaufmann's translations (interpretations) of Nietzsche, this book is rife with expository information and background and foreground essays on the work and its relation to Nietzsche's philosophy, how N. was influenced in each by those before him, and how each work influenced those after him. Fascinating.
Great collection of works. It was hard to put down when I had to at times and am extremely glad to have some Nietzsche under my have read category. I'll definitely be going back again to digest each book more thoroughly whenever the time comes. Just happy to have read some of his work.