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The Will to Power

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Nietzsche's notebooks, kept by him during his most productive years, offer a fascinating glimpse into the workshop and mind of a great thinker, and compare favorably with the notebooks of Gide and Kafka, Camus and Wittgenstein. The Will to Power, compiled from the notebooks, is one of the most famous books of the past hundred years, but few have studied it. Here, at last, ...more
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Published August 17th 2011 by Vintage Books (first published 1901)
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R. [I am the editor and one of the translators of the Penguin edition]. As long as one keeps firmly in mind that this is nothing more than a topically…more[I am the editor and one of the translators of the Penguin edition]. As long as one keeps firmly in mind that this is nothing more than a topically arranged collection of notes, just like most of Wittgenstein's "books" are, there's no reason not to read this. People differ about how to take these notes. Insofar as they are notes Nietzsche didn't publish (he was working up to the summer of 1888, set the notes aside, and collapsed a few months later) you can either regard them as the key to his thought and the soil from which the published works spring, or as the thoughts Nietzsche rejected. Neither approach is altogether reasonable. Much is sometimes made of the idea that Nietzsche's sister distorted his thought by what she chose to collect here, but there's really very little evidence that she played a significant role in the editing or that the people who did were trying to push an agenda. Rather, the notes were selected because they emphasized aspects of his thinking which his published writings did not: his thoughts on nihilism, his "philosophy of nature" speculations and related attempts to grapple with some traditional metaphysical and epistemological problems, and some quasi-political thoughts about a future ruling caste. Attitudes towards the book are largely dictated by attitudes towards these last two topics. However that may be, Nietzsche did write these notes down while writing his most famous published works, and they have interest on that basis alone. The advantage of the Penguin edition is that the German text has been thoroughly checked against Nietzsche's manuscripts, eliminating (we hope, completely) discrepancies between the published German "Will to Power" and what Nietzsche actually wrote, and the translation is closer to natural and readable English prose than prior versions. (less)
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، اکثریت این اعتقاد را دارند که به یقین حکیمی که شاهکار و مشهورترین اثر جهانیِ خود را به نامِ بزرگترین شخصیتِ تاریخیِ ایران، یعنی «زرتشت»، عنوان دهی (معنون) کرده است، جالبِ توجهِ هر ایرانی میباشد... البته من این موضوع را قبول ندارم که ایرانی ها یقیناً به خاطرِ ارادتِ <نیچه> به زرتشتِ بزرگوار، نوشته های او برایشان جالبِ توجه باشد، چراکه نه تنها نیچه و ایرانی هایِ خردگرا، بلکه هر انسانِ خردمندی « زرتشت» را به عنوانِ الگویِ اخلاق و آدابِ زندگیِ انسانی انتخاب میکند، در هر صورت ب ...more
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Nietzsche makes his world, based on Becoming and Creating, in order to replace (Destroy! God help us!) Plato’s world which was based on Being and Knowing. I should really say Plato’s worlds; after all, Modernity and its various Ideologies are also, for Nietzsche, Platonisms that have descended into nihilism …That is the difficulty, ‘Worlds’, even philosophically manufactured worlds, tend to fragment over time. It is exactly as Heidegger somewhere indicated; nihilism is not the destructio
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I think the most important thing to keep in mind when reading “The Will to Power” is that it is NOT a “book” in the proper sense of the term. It is merely a collection of thoughts and scraps that are extensions of previous thoughts, meditations on works that were being fleshed out at that time, and projections towards future investigations. As Kauffman points out (who, by the way, I became a bit annoyed with throughout this edition with his constant self aggrandizement – despite the fact that he ...more
Amir ali
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فلسفه
این آخرین جملات نیچه در این کتاب هست:
و آيا مي دانيد جهان از نظر من چيست؟ آيا آن را در آينه ي خويش به شما نشان خواهم داد؟ اين جهان هيولايي از كارمايه (انرژي) است، بي آغاز و بي انجام، يك انبوه محكم و آهنين از نيرو كه بزرگتر يا كوچكتر نمي شود، كه خود را به مصرف نمي رساند، بلكه تنها خود را دگرگون مي سازد؛ در كل، اندازه ي دگرگوني ناپذير دارد، موجودي خانه اش نه خرج مي شود و نه هرز مي رود، اما نيز بر درآمدش افزوده نمي شود؛ محصور در حصار <هيچي> است؛ نه چيزي محو شدني يا هدر رفتني است نه چيزي كه گست
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
It seems to me that the only thing more tragic than the fact that Nietzsche was never able to write the Will to Power, is that this hodgepodge of notes and jottings was mistaken for it. Still I am surprised that so many academics simply accepted all the ludicrous claims that it was his masterpiece. There was Heidegger who, perhaps defensively, suggested ignoring the published works in favor of it. And at an even further extreme was Derrida who thought we really ought to be looking more closely a ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
این جهان اراده ی قدرت است - و دیگر هیچ! و شما نیز خود اراده ی قدرت اید - و دیگر هیچ
اراده قدرت، با همت خواهر نیچه، از دست نوشته های برادرش نیچه منتشر شد
احمد عبد الفضيل
لنشن الحرب على كل الفرضيات التى على أساسها تم تخيل العالم
من إصدارات دار افريقيا الشرق
كتاب إرادة القوة
للفيلسوف الألمانى فردريك نيتشه
بترجمة محمد الناجى
هكذا تلخص المقدمة ما اراده نيتشه والتى اطلق عليها محاولة قلب كل القيم
أفكار نيتشه التى ظهر ت فى الكتاب
العدمية التى افتتح بها
العودة الابدية - الانسان الراقى
نقد الدين والاخلاق والسياسة والفضيلة
Rebecca Bratten
Sep 27, 2007 rated it liked it
The lack of coherent structure in this work which may delight such lovers of disorder who might like to claim poor Fritz as their own is, in sooth, due to the unfortunate fact that Will to Power was not really written by Nietzsche. His sister, who appears to have gotten the short end of the genius stick in the family (and was thus deeply anti-semitic) collected her favorite of her brother's aphorisms which he had never intended to publish. At the time he was laid up in bed, sick and a maniac, so ...more
Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
This is not a book, it is set of essays for Friedrich published after his death, which I consider it as a rich text of him. Very accurate and informative essays. It can be used as a reference for the writers.

Absolutely deserves five starts as well as the translation was excellent.
Zaman Ali
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Agree to Nietzsche or disagree with him but it's interesting to read because there is a lot to know in it. And this book where he said will to power in humans is more from will to others will and these kind of ideas provides good reasons to read this book.
Brent McCulley
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Simply a fascinating look into the creative period of one of the most enigmatic and profound minds in German history, Nietzsche's "Will to Power" offers a unique look simply because in contradistiction to his polished published books, this is merely a collection of his most interesting notes arranged topically by editors and published after his death. What is most remarkable about this fact is how so many people could actually mistake this work for a supposed crowning systematic philosophy. Clea ...more
Mohamed Soliman
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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مبدئيا أريد أن أصب جام غضبى وكامل سخطى على من نصحنى بقرائته ، ومن ناحية أخرى اريد أن استأثره بالشكر والعرفان فهذا الكتاب ليس للقراءة فقط وإنما كما كتب فى بدايته هو " إنجيل المستقبل " الكتاب لم يبق على قيمة من القيم العليا
لدى الإنسان إلا وفندها تفنيدا منهجيا منتقدا إياه من كل الجوانب وبكل السبل ..

يناقش الكتاب العديد من المسائل مثل العدمية ونقد الدين والأخلاق ونقد الفلسفة والعقل والمنطق والحقيقة المخدوعين بكونها حقيقة والقدر والقانون
بغض النظر كونى متفق على اجمال ما جاء فى هذا الكتاب " التحفة الف
Maria Velcheva
Jan 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Nietzsche didn't even write this book! Even if he DID do some notes, the whole book was edited by his sister. I don't understand why it is so highly rated. Perhaps the same reason many people hate Friedrich Nietzsche for being Adolf Hitler's favorite philosopher - because they don't know a sh*t about the author. Good job, "readers".
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities—I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not—that one endures.”
این که کتاب اصلیش نیست کتاب اصلی هزار و خورده ای صفحه داره اگه ترجمه شده وکسی داره می تونه لطفا لینک دانلودشو بفرسته برام؟
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
The most purely philosophical and easily digestible summation of Nietzsche's ideas, written by Nietzsche himself. Whether you agree with him or not, well, of course, that's your choice. If you agree with all of his aphorisms, well, I think you should perhaps go on a some sort of inhibitor of some kind, or perhaps become a French postmodernist. I'm very glad Nietzsche's ideas exist and are discussed, even if I believe they are almost all reactionary and critical, rather than creating some solid f ...more
Ivan Soto
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it
The editor Walter Kaufman says that everything a reader can understand about Nietzsche's philosophy is available from his completed books. The Will to Power is a compilation of notes from Nietzsche's manuscripts, organized by a publisher, that were either included in his published books or were notes of work in progress or work planned. The book still adds fascinating insight into Nietzsche's way of recording and dwelling on his ideas, and lends emphasis to one of his central concerns: human nat ...more
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's very interesting to compare this translation with the one my mother owns. This is newer than hers and it's based on more recent scholarship and a more complete original version. This translation negates much of the interference of Nietzsche's sister and her husband (who edited and reorganized his work to push their own antisemitic beliefs). The sense of Nietzsche's meaning and values in this newer version is profoundly different - and sometimes contradictory - to the translation that was st ...more
Andrew Olsen
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Will to Power is an incomplete book. It was one that Nietzsche fully intended to complete but was never able to because he contracted syphilis and was unable to complete any more complete books.

Through the compilation of the notebooks we get a rough sketch of the ideas of will to power, eternal recurrence and some genuinely polished aphorisms. But if you want to delve deeply into the ideas of Nietzsche's philosophy please read any number of his other books. For example: The Genealogy of Mora
Sep 20, 2015 added it
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"In order to sustain the theory of a mechanistic world, therefore, we always have to stipulate to what extent we are employing two fictions: the concept of motion (taken from our sense language) and the concept of the atom (=unity, deriving from our psychical "experience"): the mechanistic theory presupposes a sense prejudice and a psychological prejudice...

The mechanistic world is imagined only as sight and touch imagine a world (as "moved") --so as to be calculable-- thus causal unities are in
Rosa Ramôa
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Todo o Grande Homem é Céptico

Todo o grande homem é, necessariamente, céptico, ainda que possa não o mostrar: pelo menos se a grandeza dele consistir em querer uma coisa grande e grandes meios para realizá-la. A liberdade em relação a todas as convicções faz parte da sua vontade: o que está em conformidade com o "despotismo esclarecido" que todas as grandes paixões exercem. Uma paixão dessa espécie põe o intelecto ao seu serviço e tem a coragem de fazer uso até de certos meios proibidos - dos qu
Erik Graff
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nietzsche fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
When it comes to Nietzsche I have been prejudiced by the work of Walter Kaufmann and R.J. Hollingdale. Kaufmann, who translated most of the philosopher's works, clearly cared for his subject and attempted a positive reconstruction of the man in his biography of him as well as in his translations. His work as akin to that of an honest scholar of Christian antiquity who happens to be Christian himself.

Consequently, Kaufmann's attempt to fabricate his subject's unpublished manuscripts into a fair r
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book has given me so much. Above all, the work did turn upside-down everything I considered a good, proper or moral...true that in 1999 I was very Young and my personality wasnt yet developed...I have to add, that understanding latin, speaking spanish, german and english, was easier to read, I only needed some help for translation of french citates and it did enlarge my horizon...Time has come again and I will read it once again...I will add a note to present You the difference of understanding ...more
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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إذا إردت أن تقرأ لنيتشه أو عن نيتشه فلابد لك من قراءة مصادره ، وخاصة هذا المصدر
كتاب إرادة القوة / وبالتحديد نص المجنون
بالتأكيد النص سيكون صادما لكثير من القراء ، بالتحديد غير الدارسين لفلسفة نيتشه
لكن هذا النص له تفسير فلسفي مختلف تماما عن ظاهره
فالمعني الباطن مختلف تماما
البعض يقول أن نيتشه تنبأ بجنونه في هذا النص قبل ان يفقد عقله بعد ذلك بالفعل
لذلك يقولون أن جنونه إرادي
مثل والدة شارلي شابلن
والكاتبة فيرجينيا وولف
ومي زيادة
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I reread The Will to Power recently and I absorbed, yet again, another set of meaning from this work.
Pros: Nietzsche makes me laugh and say "No he didn't!" quite often.

Cons: He switches between making up his own history and then whining about it quite often. But c'mon, it's Nietzche.

Overall: I didn't go all out on my review here mostly because there are dozens of volumes of commentaries on Nietzsche's work out there. I liked it, but I can't think of another person I would recommend it to.
Sep 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Too bad he was a Fascist. A really smart Fascist to boot! He wasn't a Nazi because he was not an anti-semite, but a Fascist none the less. Don't let your college professor sugar coat it, Nietzsche was bat-shit crazy, and that's why I love his books!
Heba TariQ
الكتاب تقيل ماقدرتش اكمله
ان شالله هاعيد قرايته ع رواقه
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is just selections from Nietzsche's notebooks of the 1880's, not a real book. But I'd rather have a collection of Nietzsche's B-sides and outtakes than any other philosopher's greatest hits.
Billy Roper
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent treatise not on separating oneself from the herd, but recognizing your separateness and actualizing it. Not for slaves or snowflakes.
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book that gets misinterpreted and mangled constantly, by people who probbably have never read it or have no grasp of what it describes. If you're like me you'll love it ;o)
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900) is 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 ide ...more
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“To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities—I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not—that one endures.” 94 likes
“Virtue is under certain circumstances merely an honorable form of stupidity: who could be ill-disposed toward it on that account? And this kind of virtue has not been outlived even today. A kind of sturdy peasant simplicity, which, however, is possible in all classes and can be encountered only with respect and a smile, believes even today that everything is in good hands, namely in the "hands of God"; and when it maintains this proportion with the same modest certainty as it would that two and two make four, we others certainly refrain from contradicting. Why disturb THIS pure foolishness? Why darken it with our worries about man, people, goal, future? And even if we wanted to do it, we could not. They project their own honorable stupidity and goodness into the heart of things (the old God, deus myops, still lives among them!); we others — we read something else into the heart of things: our own enigmatic nature, our contradictions, our deeper, more painful, more mistrustful wisdom.” 67 likes
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