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Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,051 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Daybreak marks the arrival of Nietzsche's "mature" philosophy and is indispensable for an understanding of his critique of morality and "revaluation of all values." This volume presents the distinguished translation by R. J. Hollingdale, with a new introduction that argues for a dramatic change in Nietzsche's views from Human, All too Human to Daybreak, and shows how this ...more
hardback, History of Philosophy, 292 pages
Published November 13th 1997 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1881)
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Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read Nietzsche as a solemn young adolescent who saw it as his duty to oppose and tear down everything. I turned away from it for a while, but now that I am a bit older I am starting to appreciate just how good Fritz can be.

Daybreak is one of Nietzsche's more obscure works - it's not as forceful as Beyond Good and Evil, not as poetic as Thus Spoke Zarathusthra, nor as deranged as Ecce Homo - but one which embodies the most discussed aspects of his philosophy. Nietzsche adheres to that aph
Nikos Tsentemeidis
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Ό,τι και να πεις για τον Νίτσε είναι λίγο. Ακόμα κι αν δεν συμφωνείς με όλα όσα λέει, ανοίγει νέους ορίζοντες στην σκέψη σου. Σίγουρα βοηθάει το γεγονός ότι γράφει πιο εκλαϊκευμένα, σε αντίθεση με τον Σαρτρ ή τον Καντ.
I first came across Nietzsche 7 years ago with Antichrist. It was a sort of Epiphany to me. Then came Zarathustra which shook me to the core. Every now and then I open it and read a few passages like christians do with the holy bible.

Daybreak is a collection of aphorisms concerning a large variety of topics, from every-day things like the feeling of shame, to deeper, more delicate matters like the perception of morality and sin. Nietzsche, a hater of pretentiousness, fights it as always breaking
Jude Bee
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the dude who attacks every dude and, in the process, himself, of course. That's exactly why I love reading this dude. No dude is exempt from this dude's attack. Gotta love a dude with no exemptions.
Nate Markham
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, a hidden gem of literature. I think this was only recently translated. He begins his case for inherited morality (touches on it in human all too human, stated more explicitly here), strengthens his materialistic/naturalistic argument, presents a famously fatal evaluation of Christian morality, and offers a slew of penetrating psychological insights which have had literary influence that in many ways cleared a path for evolving the way people think today. This is Nietzsche as Nietzsch ...more
Mack Hayden
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another insightful and incisive volume by this hammerhead philosopher. This one really cemented for me that the picture of Nietzsche as a morose, despondent, and nihilistic philosopher is a caricature. He can be read that way, but I think it ignores just how dedicated he is to affirming life in all its shades and colors. He builds a great case here that one of the main things keeping human beings in darkness is their relentless need to categorize and moralize any given circumstance, internal urg ...more
At this point, for Nietzsche, his fundamental critique of morality is something of a higher indifference than he fathered to his readers in Human, all too Human. It is more than fair, and sound even, to recollect a quoting from his preface to the work of Daybreak or Dawn. "This Preface comes late, but not too late; what difference, after all, do five or six years make? A book, a problem such as this, has no hurry; besides, both of us, I just as much as my book, are friends of the lento. Having b ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Baš kad pomislim da sam pročitao sva najveća Ničeova dela i da su mi ostala samo ona manje važna dođe jedna ovakva knjiga gde on demonstrira svu svoju snagu mislioca, psihologa, pronicljivog i poštenog filologa i možda i najvećeg sintetičara u istoriji filozofije.
Takođe, iz celog njegovog opusa ovo delo je očigledno najviše uticalo na Mišela Onfrea.
Nov 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
One of my favorite Nietzsche texts. Too bad the world wasn't quite ready for this style of thought. Might have avoided two world wars and several other smaller skirmishes.
Sep 01, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Admittedly, I did not finish this book. Since it's a collection of aphorisms, I skimmed through it. Nietzsche had some interesting things to say; like how our free will was an illusion and our psychology was more akin to one desire competing against another rather than a passive observer choosing whether or not to succumb to a desire. At other times, his aphorisms left me cold. Part of it was his writing style; he didn't develop any system of thought (yes, this is his style, but still), but pres ...more
Nina Del toro
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A book such as this is not for reading straight through or reading alound but for dipping into, especially when out walking or on a journey; you must be able to stick your head into it and out of it again and again and discover nothing familiar around you" . Just like writer wrote about Daybreak.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nietzsche, philosophy
The best translation of Nietzsche's early aphorist style.
Jordan Peacock
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nietzsche is a spirit brother, to an uncanny degree.
If you're thinking of reading Nietzsche, whether or not it's good is irrelevant. Nietzsche is good. However, the translation matters, and this one is quite good. Drawn from the first complete works editions of Nietzsche, thick with annotation and notes tucked away at the end, the language still contains the bite that Kaufmann captures so bitterly, yet does not lose literalness. At least, that's what German-readers attest. I don't read or speak German, so I don't know. I can say the prose is grea ...more
Simon Røttingen
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Det er en stor glede å kunne observere Nietzsche som muldvarp. Måten han graver seg ned, dypere og dypere, fjernere fra de rundt ham, følgelig nærmere seg selv, og leseren! Skal man analysere aforismen med formlære virker den nesten ugjennomtrengelig. Likevel oppstår med filologisk langsomhet en virkelighetsoppfattelse som man kun kan finne i en skjønnlitterær roman med flere stemmer. Å lese filosofi på andre måter virker latterlig, spesielt når man tar for seg noe så komplis
Brent McCulley
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, favorites
Nietzsche's integral bridge between "Human, All Too Human," and "The Gay Science," "Dawn of the Day," or "Daybreak," is a severely lesser known work of Fritz, but one that is equally vitally important to understanding his philosophy and the development therewith. To be sure, "Daybreak" lacks the power punch of "Beyond Good and Evil," and even the boldness of open ended questions of "Human, All too Human," but what Nietzsche does in daybreak is paramount insofar as it is his self proclaimed launc ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was an existentialist in my twenties. I am not an existentialist and sometimes I find that I don't appreciate that perspective very much. I read this book, in all honesty, as a "bathroom book" which means I only read while I was in the bathroom--and then had a huge break from not reading it at all and picking it up again as a bathroom book, hence why it took me two years to read it.

This was my aunt's book and she was an existentialist and sadly is no longer with us. This book was gi
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2017
"The general knowledge of mankind has been more effectively promoted by fear than by love; for fear tries to find out who the other is, what he knows, what he wants: it would be hazardous and detrimental to be deceived on this head. Love, on the other hand, has a secret craving to discover in the loved object as many beautiful qualities as possible, or to raise him as highly as possible: to be thus deceived would be delightful and propitious, – wherefore love indulges in it."

Nietzsche is such a
Even more so than in Human, All Too Human does one find the foundational structure of Nietzsche's mature thought in the numerous gnomic partitions of Daybreak—particularly that which polemicizes the Christian moral/ethical system as a spirit-straightening procedure for elevating the herd mentality and its attendant frailty to a point of sustenance, and the collusion of intellected, communal civilization against the jagged, primordial earthiness of nature-in-the-raw. Yet there lies an abundance o ...more
Scott Forbes
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm only a few pages into this book. What a relief that this one is so simple and direct. I'm easily alienated by philosophy that is abstruse with no real purpose. This book edifies. I feel strongly that Nietzsche was misunderstood. He really has something here to offer the person who has no time to think about ethics from another point of view. This point of view requires one to abandon all else. One must declare egoism to really take this writing at its own value. I think it is kind of moral t ...more
Agostinho Paulo
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This work is incredible through and through. A relic though not quite a diamond in the rough since even at this early stage of his thought his style was as polished and witty as penetrating and venomous.
The motif of this work is Christian morality, he tackles it from every possible angle, genealogical, historical and psychological, you can witness the starking development of his later works in its embryonic vigor. Perhaps a worthy direct precursor of On The Genealogy Of Morals, this work is crim
Zach Allison
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nietzsche's against-the-grain approach that is prevalent in so many of his works is exactly the kind of thinking to attract the mind of someone looking for answers to questions insufficiently answered by popular modes of thought; namely the dominant Judeo-Christian mindset that is common in the societies many of us live in today. Dawn is a brilliant work that challenges the reader to rise to a higher mode of thinking.
Richard Lee Fulgham
Enjoy your suffering -- you grow stronger -- free your spirit and soar above the common mass -- let your spirit live on icy mountains where the air is crisp and pure. . . . . If you feel you're suffering (and every human suffers), try Nietzsche. He's a tonic! In my opinion, don't take his philosophy too seriously or personally. Experience Nietzsche as one of the finest stylist, one of the most tortured souls, a brother to lonesome aliens like me and maybe you.
Luis A R Branco
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gostei do livro, mesmo não concordando com tudo, mas sem dúvida trata-se de um grande livro. Gostei da forma de curtas temáticas na qual o livro foi escrito. Discordo de alguns dos pensamentos de Friedrich Nietzsche, concordo com outros, e alguns abrem as portas para continuar a busca pelo conhecimento. Recomendo!
Garrett Dunnington
This text is primarily centered worldviews, traditions, and how collective ontology vs. what is made from will is apart from any moral that is successful in bringing together one idea. The idea is beside the point. Ideation isn't necessarily the final 'idea' either. Daybreak is an exploration, and perhaps one of the fewer of Nietzsche's polemic texts.
Aphorisms of both wisdom and insanity. Nietzsche was already in his late stages, having lost perhaps a little more than half his mind.
However, the way it is written lends this book to be opened whenever the mood strikes. In this regard it is like a poetry collection, with a lot of psychological insight, even when the interpretation on occasion tends to... go awry.
Roberto Rigolin Ferreira Lopes
Nietzsche transforms words in sharp swords always aiming at morals heart. This book is a graveyard of morals, job of an intrepid free-thinker. He goes deep, sometimes aggressive, and even invite us to join him! But hold your guard, he would say! Hard to agree with everything but it has promoted a profound rewire in my morals.
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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چرا چنین مغرور! یک شخصیت شریف و اصیل خود را از این طریق که شماری از عادتها و نظرگاهها را مثل دیگران به دست نیاورده، از شخصیتی پیش پا افتاده متمایز میکند: آخر این همه را از سَر ِ اتفاق به ارث نگرفته و نیاموخته است. ...more
Omar Arenax
Serie de Aforismos redactados por Nietzche (575 fragmentos) donde se tratan temas distintos. Es necesario leerlo como filólogo, dicho del autor "designa a quien domina tanto el arte de leer con lentitud.."
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Can see the beginnings of his thoughts mature to make up his magnum opus, but lacking the clarity of his later works and some of the clarity of his former works. Prefer human, all too human, thus spoke Zarathustra, and beyond good and evil for progression of his philosophy
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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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“Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.” 769 likes
“We laugh at a man who, stepping out of his room at the very minute when the sun is rising, says, “It is my will that the sun shall rise”; or at him who, unable to stop a wheel, says, “I wish it to roll”; or, again, at him who, thrown in a wrestling match, says, “Here I lie, but here I wish to lie.” But, joking apart, do we not act like one of these three persons whenever we use the expression “I wish”?” 19 likes
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