Nietzsche and the Nazis
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Nietzsche and the Nazis

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Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is famous for his statement that God is dead and his provocative account of Master and Slave moralities and for the fact that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis claimed that Nietzsche was one of their great inspirations. Were the Nazis right to do so or did they misappropriate Nietzsche's philosophy? In this book, based on the 2006 documentary, Prof...more
Hardcover, First edition, 172 pages
Published August 13th 2010 by Ockham's Razor (first published July 29th 2010)
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Jake Desyllas
This is a fascinating book. Stephen Hicks points out that all the major social upheavals of the last 200 years had clear philosophical influences- the American Revolution had Locke, the French Revolution had Rousseau, the Communist revolutions in Russia and China had Marx. What about the Nazis? He builds a clear case that Nietzsche was the philosopher whose ideas most influenced the Nazis and he also shows how popular (and not confined to Nietzsche) those ideas were in Germany during the 19th an...more
I read the book almost immediately after receiving it but I have had difficulty gathering my thoughts and deciding how to review it, not because the book itself was difficult to read; but because I was unsure how to approach this small jewel of a book. I decided to lay out some of the reasons why I both think highly of this book and like it as well.

Looking at its title, Nietzsche and the Nazis, I wondered what kind of book is this. Is it history, biography, some combination of both with sociolog...more
Erik Arvedson
I share Stephens view that it is important to try to understand the underlaying philosophical foundations of nazis if we are to stop a second coming of their world view. And the recent european union elections was very worrying in that regard.
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