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Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

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Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche is 24 lectures, 30 minutes each lecture on 12 audio cds.
Course No. 415 is taught by Kathleen M. Higgins and Robert Solomon.

Part 1 (6 CDs with 54 page booklet)
Part 2 (6 CDs with 48 page booklet)
Audio CD, 12 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by The Teaching Company (first published January 1st 1999)
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Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The best way to approach Nietzsche is to go straight to the well and drink deep of his original work, but it's not easy to get a handle on him this way. His thinking is not systematic, and he has no interest in conforming to conventional ways of doing philosophy. He prefers an oblique approach, so he writes aphoristically, or in essays with a confined focus. He's also unapologetically emotional at times. All of which makes him hard to pin down. He will not stay in the box.

The Solomons do a nice
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Most of the science or philosophy lectures I read (and listen to) will bring up Nietzsche in some way or another. So, at the best I was getting a spattering of Nietzsche's beliefs in an incoherent way. This lecture series has set me straight and has given me a consistent and coherent look at this very interesting philosopher (who at times could be inconsistent). Most philosophers I find wanting. After this lecture series, I must say I still find Nietzsche intriguing and worth reading more about ...more
Mohammad Ali Abedi
Aug 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
The audiobook is released by The Teaching Company, marketing their educational audiobooks as similar to college lectures.

That might be true, but in no way is that a positive quality to me, as college education is awful.

“Will to Power - The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche” is an awful audiobook on Nietzsche. Its length is 12 hours, so it is not exactly a quick listen. But what an astonish waste of time. The lecturers are Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins, two professors with zero charis
Haoyan Do
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is the best audible course I have ever listened to. The presentation is wonderfully clear and there are even comparisons between different philosophers. I wish there are more audible courses like this one. I am so inspired that I almost want to read Nietzsche, but of course I am too busy with Somerset Maugham right now that I don't have time for Nietzsche. Seriously I have never been attracted to philosophical work so much before. The concept of "Justice" and "Revenge", "Community" and "Confo ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if the Great Courses stuff really count as books read, but I'm going to go with it!

This was excellent. Really interesting, really well delivered, and very accessible. I highly recommend it.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
It took me nearly a year to get through this Teaching Company lecture because it wasn't what I was hoping for. As a relative newbie to all things philosophy I'm still looking to be spoon fed my philos like a baby. Professors Solomon and Higgins taught this course like they were talking to a group of adults with a cursory knowledge of Nietzsche's work and reputation. So not only did I begin at a disadvantage I also did not have the reading material they suggested for each lecture which I assume w ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I find listening to these Great Courses audiobooks to be a stimulating complement to a mundane chore such as pulling weeds in the garden. The lectures are about a half hour in length and are delivered by experts in their field, in this case, a married couple who are professors @ University of Texas and Nietzsche scholars. (Imagine their dinner table conversations!). It has been many years since I read Nietzsche as a college student, and like most of us, I have been subjected to misinformation ab ...more
James  Love
I really wanted to like this series of lectures more than I did. The lecturers presented the important topics of Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy but sadly they added a lot of post-modern, feminism that detracted from the beauty of Nietzsche.

Nietzsche was an individualist. Nietzsche saw men and women as individuals and felt that they should be treated as the individual they are. Nietzsche believed it was important for the individual to think for themselves by reading and informing themselves to
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was hoping that this Great Course would help me to understand the philosophy of existential philosopher Friedrich Nietzche. It is taught by the husband wife team of Professors Robert Solomon (who also taught the Existentialism Great Course) and Kathleen Higgins in 24 half hour lectures.

Both professors speak well, they are knowledgable and both speak clearly. I felt a bit like a pinball in this course though. I get that to undertand where Nietzsche was coming from, we have to know a bit about
John Doyle
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A clear and comprehensive exploration of Nietzsche's rejection of all dogmas (stoicism and religion alike) that tend to suppress expression of the individual will. I enjoyed the lectures.
محمد جمال
Probably a good introduction to Nietzsche, but since I didn't read him directly before, not sure if this a neutral introduction, or an attempt to "appropriate" and "politically correct" Nietzsche.
David Zhang
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Provides a crash course with plenty of context on some of the big themes found in Nietzsche's works
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins try really, really hard to differentiate Nietzsche from his sister, but they ultimately fail for the following reasons.

Nietzsche's emphasis:
1. The Roman Catholic church did a terrible job with morals, and morals are God, so God is dead. He never existed.
2. You should make your own morals, that correspond to life, unlike what the church did.
3. Making your own morals makes you the ubermensch, who is superior to the untermensch, who purvey false morals that do
Kristi Richardson
I enjoyed this husband and wife team's class on Nietzsche. I certainly learned that what I thought I knew about the philosopher was wrong.

Nietzsche was a complicated man. Most Christians believe he was anti God but he was actually more anti religion. He did expound on the hypocrisies in the religions but one of his heroes was Jesus Christ.

I have been told he was anti woman and a misogynist. However Dr. Higgins and Dr. Solomon teach that although he was a product of his times, he actually belie
Brian Batsel
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice lecture. Wish it had more references and more opposing views. Not just about Nietzsche. “Will to power“ isn’t about social Darwinism, Nietzsche is not represented at all like I assumed him to be. Very pro-life, romantic, and believed the death of god required a new link to something greater. And he dug Jesus (the man), was one of his heroes, just didn’t like the church. Of Saint Paul he said (paraphrasing) “he had no use for jesus’ life, had no need for his teachings, he needed the death on ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This course felt like an intro for the study of Nietzsche, sort of like when your waiter describes the specials being offered by the chef tonight. You hear about a dish, but the description is a lot different from experiencing it. Hearing Solomon and Higgins describing Nietzsche’s philosophy is not enough. I have to delve deeply into him myself. But perhaps the best description they offered was this: Nietzsche taught that the meaning and purpose in life is not to be found in reason or rationalit ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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Nietzsche states that once there is life, there is will to power because life is only alive if it is intensified. Life, according to Nietzsche, consists in always wanting more. Life is more than the will to live, because we do not want what one already has. It is not only no longer an exclusive struggle for survival. Life is passing. In other words, it is not satisfied with what it is or what she has. Therefore survival is a demonstration of weakness is only to maintain a state. The will to powe ...more
Denis Gobbi
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the authors intended, I definitely fallen in love with Nietzsche!

Fun, super interesting lectures. I wish all professors were like these two.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've tried reading Nietzsche with limited success. This course makes him a bit more accessible. May try him again.
Mark Mazelli
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - This lecture series by two Nietzsche scholars provides a solid introduction to Nietzsche’s philosophy.
Stephanie Hu
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
interesting and thoughtful but biased, take with a grain of salt.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Solid overview of Nietzsche and his main works from a sympathetic perspective. Decent contextualization in terms of his relationship to intellectual history and other figures therein.
Quinn da Matta
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting... but long. Most of the points are made long before the end.
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent work.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Great Courses lecture series "Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche" (Audible Audio) is a series of 24 half hour lectures presented by two Professors of Philosophy, husband and wife team. The course covers both biographical and philosophical information on Friedrich Nietzsche.

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German Philosopher of the late 19th Century. He wrote a large number of books and papers on an extraordinary number of topics. He was also one of the founding members of a number
Bruce Baugh
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very good introductory survey of Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy, team-taught by a husband and wife pair of professors. Both have very good delivery, though Prof. Kathleen M. Higgins does use "in a sense" more than I think is actually illuminating. It was enjoyable to listen to, and clear throughout. Their presentation weaves together biography and discussion of ideas - as they point out, Nietzsche did this himself and endorsed it as a method, and the biographical context definitely clarifies ...more
Abdulaziz Fagih
When I picked up this series I thought it would concentrate on intensively on the various interpretation of the work of Friedrich Nietzsche but his course is actually more of comparison of a various philosopher ideas to Nietzsche ideas. This makes it an excellent general philosophy course rather than a course about Nietzsche.

the lecturer are more into presenting Nietzsche as superior philosopher and defending him of any clam that color his picture in bad way. There intense defense of him sometim
Jacob O'connor
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
One of the hardest books I ever read was a survey of the European philosophers. It was selected readings from Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, etc. And yes, Nietzsche. Solomon and Higgins do an excellent job bringing this difficult material to the lower shelf. If we're charitable, we can learn quite a bit from Friedrich Nietzsche. Regretably, their understanding of Christianity is no more sophisticated than his.

Some notes:

-both good and bad deeds are motivated by a desire to display our power

Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I failed to absorb much useful information from the lectures.
Perhaps I'm not the right listener.
It's my impression that this would be primarily useful for advanced philosophy students as the bulk of the work dispells misconceptions that I had never conceived of and makes references that are over my head without much or any explanation.
I was expecting to learn about will to power and the philosophy of Neitsche, but that didn't happen, and I don't think it would happen unless you were in the la
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lecture
I knew very little about Nietzsche before this lecture series. I knew he was notorious and controversial, which is probably a big part of my interest in starting down this road. I was surprised at how much I liked his thoughts, how well his various views matched my experience or suspicions. Though many of the points were, at first glance, ridiculous. but upon further reflection many of them become at least somewhat convincing, or at the very least worth considering. Now I'm left deeply curious a ...more
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