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Human, All Too Human; A Book for Free Spirits

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1915. Excerpt: ... HISTORY OF THE MORAL FEELINGS. 35 Advantages of Psychological Observation. --That reflection regarding the human, all-toohuman--or as the learned jargon is: psychological observation--is among ...more
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Published January 2nd 2012 by General Books (first published 1878)
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Glenn Russell
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

There are many generalizations and sweeping judgments made about Nietzsche and his philosophy. I find such remarks next to useless. For me, there is only one way to approach Nietzsche – read each paragraph and maxim and aphorism slowly and carefully and arrive at my own conclusions after seeing how his words apply to my own life. As by way of example, below are several of his shorter aphorisms from this book coupled with my comments.

“FROM CANNIBAL COUNTRY – In solitude the lonely man is eaten u
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب، هدیه ایست به جانهای آزاده، آن کس که پاسخ معمای رهایی خویش را یافته و برای آن کس که میخواهد متولد شود. این کتاب، هدیه ایست به روحی که میخواهد رادیکال باشد. نیچه، جانهای آزاده را اینگونه معرفی میکند:

"کسی دارای یک جان آزاده است که اندیشه او با آنچه که جامعه از او انتظار دارد، متفاوت باشد. در این صورت جانهای اسیر، او را به این دلیل که سرچشمه اصول آزادانهاش، یا به علت میل شدید به مطرح شدن است، یا با اخلاقیات دربند آنها همخوانی ندارد سرزنش میکنند. اما در اینجا آن پلیدی سخن میگوید که خود به
Apr 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Free spirits and open minds
Shelves: philosophy
The Nietzsche of his middle period is, in my view, the best, before his mental breakdown. There is less of the crazed polemic in this work than, say, in Ecce Homo, Zarathustra, or Twilight of the Idols, although Nietzsche, being Nietzsche, never takes prisoners in his attacks. Still, there is a good deal of thoughtful reflection on philosophy, culture, religion, family, and marriage that are worth considering.
وقتی تصمیم می گیری یک احساس را به سرانجامی به نام " ازدواج " برسانی، اولین حرکت مفید این است که از خودت بپرسی :
" آیا واقعاً باور داری که تا سنین پیری از سخن گفتن با این زن، لذت
خواهی برد ؟ "
" سخن گفتن " و نه " همخوابگی " !
تمامی مسائل دیگر در ازدواج موقت و گذرا است.
تا زمانی که دو نفر حرفی برای گفتن و گوشی برای شنیدن دارند، می شود به عمر ارتباطشان امید داشت ...
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite book by Nietzsche excluding Thus Spoke Zarathustra. If you love aphorisms that pack a punch then this will be right up your alley. Not a laborious read like some "treatise" philosophy, but witty, controversial, eloquent, and brutally honest.
My favorite aphorism - "Life consists of rare individual moments of the highest significance and countless intervals in which at best the phantoms of those moments hover over us. Love, spring, a beautiful melody, the mountains, the moon,
Sep 30, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My copy was stolen before I could finish, but I did get at least as far as aphorism 201 - and what a gem it is! I keep a copy in my workstation at all times and will transcribe it here. I edited the text a little for extra venom (not usually necessary with FWN!).

Bad writers necessary. There will always have to be bad writers, for they reflect the taste of CRETINS who have needs as much as the mature do. If human life were longer, there would be more of the individuals who have matured than of
Though I really enjoyed this book and love studying the works of Nietzsche, Sartre, and others, I'm reminded of a quote recently use on the Daily Show: "I was once a college sophomore, too".

Quoting this book or carrying it around with you on the bus on your way to work doesn't necessarily transform you into someone with deep, cutting insight into our existentialist situation...nor does it make you the "overman". Remember: We all took the same PHIL 101 classes;)
Abdulaziz Al-Mannai
أبهرني في الكتاب دقة ملاحظات نيتشه، حول كل شيء، والتي لا تنتج إلا عن مراقبةٍ طويلةٍ جدًا، أو ذكية.
وكما أن القهوة تُشرب على مهل، كما يقول درويش، فإن نيتشه كذلك، يُقرأُ على مهل.

وستظل تقرأ لنيتشه حتى تظن أنهُ راقبَ العالم كله، دفعةً واحدة!
Fouz Aljameel
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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هناك وجه شبه بين نيتشه وميخائيل نعيمه .. اللغة ، الإنسانية ، التأملات الوجودية ، لا أعلم ..
يناقش نيتشه كيف يترقى الإنسان بذاته لكي يصبح إنسانا مفرطا في إنسانيته ويبتعد ويوسع الهوة بينه وبين الحيوان.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read for the iconoclastic teenager, as all teenagers should be - and, well, everybody else, too. Try to read the book without prejudice, or rather in spite of it, no: in conflict with it. And remember, as probably with all books, where and when it was written - long before the Nazis and the European World Wars, after the Enlightenment, at the end of Romanticism and the birth of Existentialism (loved Dostoevsky), 30 years after "The Origin of the Species", 100 years before The Satanic Verse ...more
ماهرعبد الرحمن
شخصيا أفضل ترجمته إلى: إنسانى مفرط فى إنسانيته
نيتشه، هذا المدمر(الديناميت كما وصف نفسه)، أيضا كان "إنسانى مفرط فى إنسانيته".كتب مره عن الوحده يقول:المتوحـد يلتهم نفسه في العـزلة ومع الحشـود تلتهمـه أعـداد لا متنـاهية.وكان دائما يشكو من وحدته تلك “لا أريد أن أكون وحيدا, وأرجو أن أتعلم مرة أخرى كيف أصبح كائنا إنسانيا. أجل, ففي هذا المجال يجب أن أتعلم شيئا“و بالنسبة لمن يشعر هكذا فإن “حتى الضوضاء تكون عزاء بالنسبة [له]“إن فلسفة نيتشه كانت إرادة للقوة، لكنها أبدا ما تحققت كقوة فعلية.إن نيتشه وإن بدا
Something about this book feeds my soul. I think the world should be more open to Nietzche. His thoughts and speculations were so different from mine, but it did change me a little in that I should rely less on my emotions and abandon some of my irrational and emotional conclusions about the world. I think much of what he says is quite interesting and worth the read.
Sara Aljaryan
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophical
عن انسان مفرط في انسانيتة، عن مفضلي نيتشه اتحدث حول روعة تحليله للامور والمواقف المرافقة للحياة ، عن فلسفته لامور الدين والديانات، المذاهب ، المال، الحب، الاخلاق، حتى عن منهجية الفكر وتشعباتها وغيرها كثيرة،، كان فلسفة منطقية، دقيقة، ذات نظرة بعيدة المدى، من الممكن انها كانت ملائمة في التحليل ، خلال الفترة االاولى لظهورها كفلسفة ، بغض النظر عن المؤيدين والرافضين في وقتها ، لكن الان بالتأكيد اجدها ملائمة ،دقيقة و جدا في تحليل تلك الامور التي نعيشها اليوم، و رغم اختلاف العقليات بمرور الازمان، لكن ا ...more
Mohamed Omran

" عيب كل الفلاسفة المشترك هو كونهم ينطلقون من الإنسان الحالى ويتخيلون أنهم قد بلغوا الهدف من خلال تحليلهم له. بشكل غامض يتخيلون الإنسان – دون أن يقصدوا – وكأنه حقيقة خالدة، يتخيلونه واقعا ثابتا وسط دوامة الكل، ومقياسا ثابتا للأشياء."
" الحلم وقد أسىء فهمه: إن أصل كل ميتا فيزيقا هو كون الإنسان، فى الأزمنة الأولى لحضارة لما تزل بدائية، قد اعتقد أنه اكتشف فى الحلم عالما حقيقيا ثانيا. لولا الحلم لما وجد الناس أدنى سبب لتقسيم العالم إلى قسمين. إن انفصال الروح والجسد يرتبط هو كذلك بأقدم تصور للحلم ت
Lady Jane
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allegedly, Nietzsche wrote this piece after he broke his friendship with Wagner, the musician Nietzsche formerly idolized; soon after he began to break away from his fondness for the romanticism of music and art. This shift in attitude is strongly conveyed in this amazing work, Human, All Too Human. As Marion Faber writes in the introduction, "Judging from its sour title, it would certainly be a book which differed from its visionary and utopian predecessors. 'Human, all too human' is kind of a ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am still not certain it is really possible in this culture to become--or perhaps remain a free spirit. In the oppressive expectations of a world that requires conformity for sustinence may well be a kind of caging we may never escape. We must be always worried our expression of spirit is too unleashed, too sexual, too ethnic, too loud, too inspired--too free for everyone who is not. Nothing scarier than someone who is who and what she (or he) is with no apologies for it to those who are uncomf ...more
Onyango Makagutu
The criticisms on religion in this book are as valid as they were when they were first written.
I have enjoyed my second reading of this volume by one of the greatest minds to have walked on earth.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب رائع وقوي بكل فصل بيه وافكاره قوية "ما عدا فصل الفن كان بيه نوع من الملل " ... نيتشه يستحق لقب عبقري ومجدد
Samira Rastegar panah
٥٢. ميزان صداقت در فريب

براي تاثير فراوان بايد خود را نيز فريفت، زيرا انسان ها آنچه را كه در ظاهر، ديگران به آن ايمان دارند، حقيقت مي پندارند.

Julie Rylie
primeiro capitulo - das primeiras e ultimas coisas (ciência, natureza, astrologia, metafisica, sonho...)
segundo capitulo - para a historia dos sentimentos morais (o bem e o mal, gratidão e vingança, superação do animal, benevolência, compaixão, sinceridade, pudor...)
terceiro capitulo - a vida religiosa (a verdade na religião, culto religioso, o cristianismo como antiguidade (awesome), discípulos gregos...)
quarto capitulo: da alma dos artistas e dos escritores (o sentido da verdade no artista, pe
Clocking in at 509 pages, with 638 (part I) and 350 (part II) aphorisms, not taking into account the introduction, this book truly was a behemoth.

I think a lot of misconceptions are circulating about Nietzsche. The fact that he is a pure nihilist, for instance.
For starters, nihilism is a term difficult to delineate.
Wikipedia says that nihilism is a "philosophical doctrine that suggests the lack of belief in one or more reputedly meaningful aspects of life.
Most commonly, nihilism is presented i
Mack Hayden
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Nietzsche can make me feel crazy. He's an incoherent, blatantly contradictory thinker at times but I love every minute of it. Every aphorism in here gives you something to really ponder and chew on. The central claim, as alluded to by the title—namely, that reasoning to something beyond human nature as an explanation *for* human nature is a flawed proposition—is an important one. I think it's pretty humbling to consider both our best and worst parts as human, all too human, before we inv ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my very first Nietzsche book. As the original book was written in German and Nietzsche's sentence constructions are often long, the English translator did a very good job of translating this. After finishing this book, I ended up getting a more clear perception about certain things and some of his arguments eradicated confusions those I was having for a very long time. The point of this whole book is to demonstrate that, eventually, we are erroneous human being. Our thinkings, perception ...more
Nikolaus Geromont
Human, All Too Human is the first from Nietzche's canon to feature the crucial concepts of his later (and better known) philosophy, such as the will to power, the idea of the Übermensch, and the need to transcend conventional Christian morality. His book was reportedly born out of a personal crisis, shortly after he had concluded his friendship to Wagner, a time when he arguably matured as a philosopher. From these writings Nietzsche would in due course deliver achievements such as Thus spake Za ...more
Who knew that the early Nietzsche could be so likable? The Nietzsche of Human, All Too Human is the funny guy at the cocktail party, who deploys his zingers against religion, art, society, and other such things. If we were Victorians, we'd call him a popinjay. Nowadays, we'd say he's a little like Christopher Hitchens or something. Later Nietzsche, just a douchebag. Early Nietzsche, hilarious! And OK with other humans!

It's hard to call this philosophy. There's no system. I don't however, have a
Dec 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very contradictory, scathing, and surprisingly witty book. Goes on about 'free spirits'. Almost all of the remarkss are only too relevent now. Unconventional, but brilliant in its own way.
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب سر آغاز حرکت نیچه در جدا شدن از راه فیلسوف های هم دوره و سابق خودشه ، و اساس حرفاش بر این نکته س که هیچ چیزی متعالی و فرای انسانی وجود نداره و همه چیز انسانی و زیادی انسانیه.

A large collection of more than a thousand aphorisms (and a few poems and dialogues) split up into two books. The first book is split up by theme (morality, religion, the state, women etc.) - the second book is more loosely structured. You get a ton of thoughts ranging from a few sentences to a few pages; the best part being that you can see how cleanly Nietzsche develops a thought over a few inter-connected aphorism (and then comes back to it later, only to refute it). It's like reading through ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tiene excelentes observaciones a cerca algunos aspectos, sin embargo hay más contradicciones de las que uno puede desear. Un libro bastante polémico.
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How to begin reading Nietzsche 3 222 Apr 16, 2013 09:06PM  
  • The World as Will and Representation, Vol 2
  • Nietzsche, Volumes 3&4: The Will to Power as Knowledge and as Metaphysics & Nihilism
  • Nietzsche and Philosophy (European Perspectives)
  • Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist
  • Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography
  • Either/Or: A Fragment of Life
  • Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
  • Creative Evolution
  • The Ego and Its Own
  • Phenomenology of Perception
  • Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology
  • Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics
  • Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
  • Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy
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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