A Nietzsche Reader (Penguin Classics) by Friedrich Nietzsche

By Friedrich Nietzsche

The literary occupation of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) spanned lower than 20 years, yet no quarter of highbrow inquiry used to be left untouched through his iconoclastic genius. The thinker who introduced the demise of God within the homosexual technology (1882) and went directly to problem the Christian code of morality in past solid and Evil (1886), grappled with the elemental problems with the human in his personal excessive autobiography, Ecce Homo (1888). so much infamous of all, probably, his thought of the triumphantly transgressive übermann ('superman') is built within the severe, but poetic phrases of therefore Spake Zarathustra (1883-92). no matter if addressing traditional Western philosophy or breaking new floor, Nietzsche drastically prolonged the bounds of nineteenth-century concept.

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But we, we others, thirsty for reason, want to look our experiences as fixedly in the eye as a scientific experiment, hour by hour, day after day. We ourselves want to be our own experiments and vivi-sectional animals! [GS 319] 12 I name you three metamorphoses of the spirit: how the spirit shall become a camel, and the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child. There are many heavy things for the spirit, for the strong, weight-bearing spirit in which dwell respect and awe: its strength longs for the heavy, for the heaviest.

T Twilight of the Idols. Written in the summer of 1888, published in 1889. W The Wagner Case. Published in 1888. WS The Wanderer and his Shadow. Published in 1880 as the Second Supplement to Human, All Too Human; 2nd edition published in 1886. Z Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Parts I and II published in 1883, Part III published in 1884, Part IV written in 1885, published in 1892. The numbers after the initials at the foot of each extract refer to the section of the book from which the extract is taken in each case.

BGE 42–3] 15 At the risk that moralizing will here too prove to be what it has always been – namely an undismayed montrer ses plaies, as Balzac says – I should like to venture to combat a harmful and improper displacement of the order of rank between science and philosophy which is today, quite unnoticed and as if with a perfect good conscience, threatening to become established. […] The Declaration of Independence of the man of science, his emancipation from philosophy, is one of the more subtle after-effects of the democratic form and formlessness of life: the self-glorification and presumption of the scholar now stands everywhere in full bloom and in its finest springtime […] My memory – the memory of a man of science, if I may say so!

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