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Nietzsche by Walter Kaufmann
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Sep 04, 2008

really liked it

Anyone who would read this today already knows that Nietzsche was neither a fascist nor an anti-Semite and some might also have noticed that he was, moreover, a prescient critic of the like. A good deal of Kaufmann's energy here is devoted to confronting these prejudices and, while this needed to be done, it makes the work less relevant then some of the more current discussion of Nietzsche.

Kaufmann does address other issues of interpretation which are still being dealt with: regarding Nietzsche's treatment of Socrates, rationality, consciousness, Jesus and sublimation. On the first three he comes out fairly conservative, yet, here I think Nietzsche has rightfully earned his infamy. Overall, though many might not have had the opportunity to study and discuss Nietzsche had it not been for this important work, it's probably better to look into what Kaufmann ultimately enabled.
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