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Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks is a publication of an incomplete book by Friedrich Nietzsche. Intending publication, he'd a clean copy made from notes written ca. 1873. In it he discussed five Greek philosophers of the 6-5th centuries: Thales, Anaximander, Heraclitus, Parmenides & Anaxagoras. He'd intended to include Democritus, Empedocles & Socrates. T ...more
Paperback, 123 pages
Published January 25th 1962 by Henry Regnery Company (Chicago) (first published 1870)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Philosophie im tragischen Zeitalter der Griechen = Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks, Friedrich Nietzsche
Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks (German: Philosophie im tragischen Zeitalter der Griechen) is an incomplete book by Friedrich Nietzsche. He had a clean copy made from his notes with the intention of publication. The notes were written around 1873. In it he discussed five Greek philosophers from the sixth and fifth centuries BC. They are: Thales, Anaximander, Heraclitus, Pa
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 19 بخش تشکیل شده است که هریک از بخش ها به دیگری پیوسته و مربوط است و همانطور که از عنوانِ کتاب پیداست، <نیچه> در این کتاب به برسیِ فلسفهٔ یونانِ باستان پرداخته است و آغازِ فلسفهٔ اندیشمندانه و اصیل را، مربوط به یونانِ باستان و پیش از سقراط و افلاطون دانسته و معتقد است که افلاطون و فلاسفهٔ پس از او، آمیخته ای از سخنان و فلسفهٔ گذشتگانشان را ارائه داده اند و فلسفهٔ ناب، نداشته اند.... فلاسفه ای که نیچه، بیش از دیگران به آنها توجه داشته و در این کتاب بسیار به بررس ...more
Amin Dorosti
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nietzsche, greeks
در باب کتاب حکمت در دوران شکوفایی فکری یونانیان
نوشتۀ فریدریش نیچه، ترجمۀ کامبیز گوتن، انتشارات علمی و فرهنگی، چاپ سوم: 1386

این کتاب یکی از نخستین نوشتههای فریدریش نیچه است که در سال 1873 نوشته شده است. همانگونه که از عنوان کتاب پیداست، در این کتاب نیچه به بررسی فلسفه در عصر تراژیک یونان باستان پرداخته است. این کتاب که یکی از نخستین کتابهای نیچه است، در واقع نمونهای از دوران گذار او از زبانشناسی کلاسیک به فلسفه است. اگرچه تحصیلات دانشگاهی نیچه در رشتۀ الهیات و زبانشناسی کلاسیک بود، او در دانشگاه
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anybody says they understand the Pre-Socratics at the first go is either a genius or a liar (or both!).

Philosophy books are not generally things that mere mortals can skim over, and this was no exception, with some sections requiring multiple reads to get even the basic points.

No false humility here, I hope, it just takes time for even an avid reader to get the concepts in place, much less the assertions that are being made about those concepts.

Then you have to remember what the prior points an
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
4.5 stars

I am upset with myself.
No. I am downright mad at myself.

Here is the “connective tissue,” the link between Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy and his later work. And, on my shelves, it sat. For years.

Although I had read portions of it, I never did return to read this wonderful text cover-to-cover. Ah, such is the sometime nature of the undergraduate sensibility! Excerpts. Sections. And "never enough time." Apparently.

As a philologist, Nietzsche obviously was intimately familiar with the cl
Brandon Henke
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Deep, rich, alluring, and colorful. A brilliant young Nietzsche paints a vivid, romantic picture of pre-Socratic thought. The paints, five ancient Greek pillars of western philosophy. Our gaze is first directed at the star-burst white of Thales, the royal purples of Anaximander, the fiery reds of Heraclitus, the cold black of Parmenides, and culminates in the rainbow of Anaxagoras' wonderful creation.

A beautiful look at the seeds of Nietzsche's genius.
4.9 stars out of 5.0

"When one makes as tot
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it

The young Nietzsche on the impotence of Philosophy...

This book has much of interest to say about various Greek philosophers but precious little to say of Nietzsche's method of proceeding. Of that Nietzsche says, in the preface that "philosophical systems are wholly true for their founders only. For all subsequent philosophers they usually represent one great mistake, for lesser minds a sum of errors and truths. Taken as ultimate ends, in any event, they represent an error..." In this b
Kareem Ashour
الكتاب اظنه مناوائل كتابات نيتشه و يظهر فيه تاثره بفلسفه شوبنهاور و يشرح فيه فلسفات الاغريق الاوائل .. كما ينتقد فيه بشئ مبطن اقوال كانط
D.S. Mattison
May 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of presocratics and Nietzsche
If Reginald Allen's treatment of the early philosophers is concise, then Nietzsche's is illuminating. This book is not only about the certain thoughts of certain men, but rather it is about how their personalities and lifestyles were shaped by these same thoughts. Nietzsche claims that nowhere today can we find a person who has such conviction as these men did, however absurd their ideas might seem to us now. More important than his discussion of trends in ancient philosophy is the explosive eme ...more
Bogdan Raț
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Există o necesitate de oțel care îl leagă pe un filozof adevărat de o adevărată cultură; însă ce se întâmplă când nu există o asemenea cultură? Atunci filozoful este asemenea unei comete, al cărei drum nu poate fi calculat, și din cauza aceasta el stârnește spaimă, în vreme ce, în împrejurări favorabile, el luminează asemenea unei constelații strălucitoare în sistemul solar al culturii. Aceasta îi face pe greci să-i justifice pe filozofi: pentru că numai în lumea lor filozoful nu este o cometă. ...more
Baraa Qudah
كتاب لنيتشة وهو شاب يحتوي ملاحظاته حول بعض فلاسفة الاغريق ما قبل افلاطون ..

يفيد الاطلاع عليه من له اهتمام بتلك الفترة او لمن له اهتمام بتطور نيتشة و فلسفته

HuDa AljaNabi
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أشبع من فضولي حول الفلسفة والاغريق وأفكار نيتشه, خليط مميز :)
m. soria
Aug 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
he was a grad student when he wrote this. great way to meet him, and know more about his ideas than syphilis and the anti-christ.
Gamal elneel
احتفظوا بكل ازدهار وحياة واغراء
وأعطونى فقط هذا اليقين الوحيد عديم الفائدة
مستقبل مؤسساتنا التعليمية

يتناول نينشه ((مستقبل مؤسساتنا التعليمية))، ويرمي بها إلى التربية والتعليم اللذان سيؤديان إلى ((الثقافة)). لا إلى تناول القوانين الجافة والجداول.

فمن هو المثقف؟ أو ما مدى إسهام مؤسساتنا التعليمية في تكوين الثقافة؟

يوضح أولا، أن المثقف، ليس العالِم المتفرغ لتخصص معين وحده دون سواه! مع أن ذلك يتناسب مع العصر الحالي المتطلب لعقل نفعي، وتحقيق نجاحات سريعة، والحصول على وظيفة في أسرع وقت. ويوضح ذلك بقوله: "من تقليص نطاق الثقافة إن لم يكن تدميرها، هو أن ي
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With his reverential concerns and exaltation to the way, the standpoints and culture of the Greeks, Nietzsche uses transcendental wit that only his mischievous writing could manifest so thoughtfully and delicately.

This was not an easy task for him as he spoke on a detailing scale for a few of the Greeks he believed that set a colloquial and prodding notion for communication to transpire. Two figures he focused on, in his opinion, set this notion and even to our standards of living today. Thales
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unfinished early manuscript by the last great metaphysician of the West examining several pre-Socratic philosophers of the early classical age. This is a slim volume, but Nietzsche manages to pack in a thorough review of Thales, Anaximander, Heraclitus, Parmenides, and Anaxagoras. As a trained philologist, Nietzsche knew the Greeks well and pulls the reader into the marvelous ancient culture that produced these philosophers. Although I found the treatment of Parmenides somewhat dismissive, Ni ...more
A young Nietzsche shows his depth of understanding for the Greeks. Though NIetzsche said no young man could understand the Greeks, he disproved his own point. But maybe he never was a young man. I am a young man, and I am far from understanding the Greeks themselves. Which is why it's good that there are books like this one that will bring me closer to understanding them.
Ian Stewart
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An introduction to the little-known Greek thinkers who shaped philosophy before the time of Socrates from a 19th century German thinker who does not seem to think (with some exceptions) that we have become any wiser. Not very familiar with opinion of the pre-Socratic sages but somewhat familiar with Nietzche's biography I suspect this introduction is just as much, if not even more, an introduction to his philosophy. That said, it takes these ideas seriously as important and able to change the me ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filosofia
A leitura dos pré-socráticos pelo pensamento de Nietzsche foi para mim uma das experiências estéticas mais prazerosas dos últimos tempos! Me levou a compreensões, principalmente de Parmênides e Heráclito, que não tinha atingido, e uma certeza da influência em Flusser, das metáforas poderosas e elegantes do filósofo alemão.
Alina Dandara
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are made of fire and it keeps us alive as long as we know how to deal with our nature.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sjc
Everything up to and including Heraclitus is great. Everything after is not as great.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Astute, shrewd, and delicious, this is the dark chocolate of philosophy - Nietzche & the Heart of Greek Philosophy. I read this to compliment my Greek Philosophy class and, wow, this was a privileged insight by which to develop my understanding of the Pre-Socratic thinkers. Nietzche's passionate intellect examines the first great thinkers of philosophy and the culmination of their ideas. All the questions of philosophy originate from their initial observations: coming-to-be, the nature of th ...more
Andrew Simmons
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting inquiry into the Presocratics. Nietzsche basically is trying to understand and relate his understanding of the Presocratics via themes, and this text sticks mainly to themes. What occurs are the themes of one and the many, logic and the senses, man and the world, and one specific theme of the child-zeus-spirit that is the grand creator, with creation as its game. One can see where Nietzsche is forming his initial thoughts which continue throughout his work. Overall, a nice and sho ...more
Erik Graff
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Nietzsche fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
It may have been good that Nietzsche failed as a classical philologist and became an aphoristic philosopher. If this--or The Birth of Tragedy for that matter--is representative of his scholarship, he would not have survived in a truly academic environment. Instead, one finds here a Romantic appropriation of the several of the pre-Socratics.
Oct 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nietszche's thinnest volume, an early one. Little known (I think). The premise is that once a philosopher's work is done and assigned to the shelf, there is still a personality alive within it. He draws subtle portraits of the pre-Socratics as , well, men.
Nate Markham
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great read. basically nietzsche picks out the ancient greek philosophers who he feels should be remembered in the history of human thought. a good place to begin learning philosophy, then work into the individual philosophers he documents here.
Elham Momeni
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, he has described some of the pre-socratic philosophers very well. I have read a few books about philosophy in that era, but Nitzche's is far better than those. I admire his style of introducing great thinkers, as he tries to reflect their glory and immensity.....
Richard Zhang
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique and historically accurate insight into the five Pre-Socratic philosophers: Thales, Anaximander, Parmenides, Heraclitus, and Anaxagoras. Writing about the Pre-Socratic philosophers, Nietzsche also shows the correspondence between the Pre-Socratic philosophy and his own.
Jared Della Rocca
Each word in this book I knew and could use in a sentence. Unfortunately, when put together in these sentences, it was totally lost on me. As a reference book for pre-Socratic philosophers, it would be extraordinarily helpful. But just for reading, it was an absolute slog.
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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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