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Nietzsche condemned nearly all of the religious and philosophical thought of his day to blunt terms (e.g., God is dead). He says the only reality is this world of life and death, conflict and change, creation and destruction. For centuries, religious ideas have given meaning to life in the western world; but as they now collapse, humanity faces a grave crisis of nihilism and despair.

The basic character of life in this world is to exhibit a primal tendency he calls "will to power". He glorifies those who are strong enough to face this reality: for they alone can live joyfully, without God and without any hope of ultimate salvation. The "overman" is his new ideal, the symbol of creativity incarnate.

Man is fundamentally only an animal that has developed in an unusual way. Yet a "higher humanity" can emerge if the most talented, creative, and strongest individuals flourish and prevail, rising above the life of the "common herd" that typifies mankind. Nietzsche rejects democratic ideals, believing that they ignore human differences and hinder the exceptionally talented.

Conflict, mastery, and creativity are essential to life and its development. The "will to power" brings about new forms of competition and superiority, as artists and other creative types pave the way for the "enhancement" of human life.

The Giants of Philosophy is a series of dramatic presentations, in understandable language, of the concerns, questions, interests, and overall world view of history's greatest philosophers. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations gives you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life.

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©1991 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. and Knowledge Products (P)1991 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. and Knowledge Products

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  • Aleksandar Ljubicic
  • 18-11-2020

This is shockingly idiotic

The work of N. Was read in German accent.
And a narrator had no interest or understanding of what he was reading.
Painful and hard to listen. So bad.
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  • DC Reed
  • 14-12-2012

General overview of a revolutionary thinker

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This is a good general introduction by a well respected Nietzsche scholar. Because Nietzsche's thought was so revolutionary, it is understandable that some might not be able to appreciate how important his insights were and are. The best next step, after this overview of his thought, is to spend time with Nietzsche's Twilight_of_the_Idols.

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  • steve
  • 31-08-2011

A great thinker

What a great thinker Nietzsche was and overall, I really enjoyed this listen and learning about this phenomonal philospher.

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  • Jamshed
  • 30-12-2020

Beautifully narrated

Good introduction. I like different accents and pronunciations interspersed in the narration. Beautiful solemn voice.

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  • 16-11-2020

Totally unimpressive....

It is fascinating how Nietzsche can even be considered a philosopher let alone among the great philosophers... Nietzsche's ideas clearly result from his sad, unimpressive life instead of contemplation of reality and Truth.
It is hard to understand how anybody can be impressed with Nietzsche after studying Aristotle, Plato, Cicero, Etc.

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  • w. paul weeg
  • 07-11-2020

another good one from this series

i really liked how you could hear Charlton Heston *inhaling* throughout the reading. they seem to either edit or coach that out of other readers' performances. you might think it would be irritating, but i found it endearing. i also love how they use different actors for the source quotes. this is an excellent series of brief survey books. way better than the '...In 90 Minutes' books!!!

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  • TheSecretWeapon
  • 23-08-2019

Excellent introduction and summary Nietzsche

This is an excellent audio of Nietzsche and summary of his ground breaking philosophy. The author Richard Schacht really pulls it all together in this short but thorough overview of the first übermensch: Friedrich Nietzsche. It's so nice to listened to the narration by Charlton Heston, his voice brings a power to the text and translations, like no other. Love it.

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  • Keepinit100
  • 25-03-2011

Boring

God may have died due to suicide after listening to this book. This lecture may be the cure for insomnia.

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