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Nietzsche by Rüdiger Safranski
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Dec 30, 11

it was ok
Read from December 16 to 30, 2011

I read this for two reasons: one, because the author wrote a philosophical biography of Schopenhauer which I really liked; two, to prepare for my Nietzsche class next semester. I was expecting to like this as much as Safranski's other book. However, I found this book lacking. Although it focuses more on the philosophy rather than the biography, it seemed that the explanations where rather superficial. And yes, they seemed more like explanations rather than justifications. Perhaps the redeeming chapters was on morality and his view on intimacy. Overall, this may be good for hardcore Nietzsche fans, but I thought it was just ok. I'll keep it on my bookshelf for reference, but I doubt I'll read it cover to cover again.

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