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Twilight of the Idols/The Antichrist/Ecce Homo

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Translated by Antony M. Ludovici. With an Introduction by Ray Furness.

The three works in this collection, all dating from Nietzsche's last lucid months, show him at his most stimulating and controversial: the portentous utterances of the prophet (together with the ill-defined figure of the �bermensch) are forsaken, as wit, exuberance and dazzling insights predominate, forc
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 5th 2001 by Wordsworth Editions
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Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Nietzsche's thinking is sharp, brilliant and accurate at some points
sometimes through reading i found him troubled, sarcastic and even narcissist
but he has his own philosophy to analyze and clarifies his ideas
for sure i don't like some of his views, but it's ok
generally his thoughts encourage and open many areas of life, emotions, and motives to think about.
Κωνσταντίνος Τσεντεμεΐδης
Η φιλοσοφία με το σφυρί λοιπόν... Αναμικτα συναισθήματα μπορώ να πω... Δε θέλω να μείνω στα ίδια, γιατί τα έχω ξαναπεί, επομένως θα σταθώ στα νέα ψηγματα γνώσης που κατάφερα να αποσπασω από τις εξορυξεις μου πάνω στα εδάφη του Νίτσε. Μεγάλος αντίπαλος του Νιτσε σε αυτό το βιβλίο ήταν ως επί το πλείστον το ιδεαλιστικο κίνημα που δεν ήταν άλλο από έναν καμουφλαρισμενο Σωκρατισμο. Η επιχειρηματολογια του για την κατακερματιση του Σωκρατικου πνεύματος, μου φάνηκε πολύ ελκυστική γιατί δεν ήταν καθόλο ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
These three short books are the last works Friedrich Nietzsche wrote - before he flung himself around the neck of a horse, proclaimed it a saint, and collapsed. The rest of his life he spent, paralysed, in bed, while being cared for by his sister. This makes all three works, which he wrote within one year (1888) a peculiar collection - historically and from a philosophical point of view. Students of Nietzsche have claimed time and again that one can already see the signs of his coming demise in ...more
Brent McCulley
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This review is for Twilight of the Idols and Ecce Homo. See my previous review of The Anti Christ here:

Nietzsche is utterly brilliant, and it doesn't take a skilled philosopher to realize this. In fact, most trained philosophers of the 21st century don't take Nietzsche seriously precisely because he was not a logician, or a systematic philosopher in any sense of the word. On the contrary, Nietzsche was a self-proclaimed disciple of Dionysus; the first imm
Michael Percy
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The first interesting thing I discovered about Nietzsche is something I suspected when I read Beyond Good and Evil: Nietzsche "learnt much from La Rochefoucauld" (p. viii). And to start off with first principles, Nietzsche makes an interesting observation: morality is "a misrepresentation of certain phenomena, for there are no moral facts whatever (p. xi). I have now come to terms with the idea of Dionysian "chaos" versus the Apollonian "order". Interestingly, this struck me last night at the Ca ...more
Aug 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read 'Twilight of the Idols' from this, but it was a blast. Nietzsche called himself the master of the aphorism, even said no one would top him. Typical Nietzschian bravado, posturing, verve and nuttiness with very little argument. I loved it. Great summer reading because it makes you want to be intoxicated with something, anything, especially yourself. ...more
James Williams
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I opposed a lot of his views, but I respected his dialectical way of delivering his point of views. This book will challenge you to think outside the box and see religion, philosophy, and human rhetoric in a new light. It is definitely read worthy.
Joel Gn
May 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Popped the Nietzsche cherry with this aphoristic collection of his later works - Twilight of the Idols was certainly a provocative read, but I probably need to familiarise myself with his earlier writings (e.g. Zarathustra) in order to gain a better understanding of what he was rambling about in Antichrist and Ecce Homo.
Dylan Rock
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of Nitezsche writings
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
I first heard of Nietzsche when a friend had to write an essay on his theories. I researched one of his theories and was fascinated by his concept of the world being metaphysical and that how we perceive the world may not actually be how it exists in terms of planes. However the works described within these pages are nothing akin to a theory such as this. These works are simply opinion based descriptions of how Nietzsche believed himself to be above everyone else. I wonder if these delusions of ...more
Russell Mark Olson
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved the structure, ideas and arguments in the first two books of this collection. I think I would have given them individually five stars, but Ecce Homo let's them down. E H reads like the liner notes to a "greatest hits" collection. I understand why it was included in the collection (last lucid works) but based on substance, it probably would be better suited in a collection of essays and pamphlets. But for anyone who has never read Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols is a fantastic romp. ...more
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
my fav
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Just read "Twilight of the Idols." In short: Nietzsche is a real kick. Sardonic, sad, sarcastic, bitter, brilliant, troubled, direct, chauvinistic... Nietzsche is a veritable grab bag. ...more
Pedro Jorge
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
excelent introduction to Nietzsche's writings through softer themes. Very insightful. ...more
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in, rather than those situated in a world beyond. Central to his philosophy is the idea of “life- ...more

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