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Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Nietzsche in just one hour.

Philosophy has always been dangerous for philosophers; Friedrich Nietzsche made it dangerous for everyone. His ideas presaged a collective madness which was to ravage Europe throughout the first half of the 20th century, drawing a chilling parallel with the insanity that gripped Nietzsche towards the end of his life. His philosophy is one of aphorisms and penetrating psychological insights, his major concept being the Will to Power - a notion that he saw as the basic impulse for all our acts. Viewing Christianity as a subtle perversion of this concept Nietzsche is famous for his pronouncement that ‘God is dead’.

This audiobook is an expert account of Nietzsche’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written - and is above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Nietzsche’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Nietzsche in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

©2012 Paul Strathern (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Where’s the Philosophy?

An hour is not long to discuss the philosophy of Nietzsche, which makes this author’s decision to devote a significant amount of time to Nietzsche’s love life and politics all the more puzzling. Jonathan Keeble’s narration is exceptional as always, but even he can’t save this tragedy from miscarriage.

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More historical than philosophic

interesting enough coverage of his life and a few insights into his views, a decent starting place. I probably needed more background knowledge on dionysis or other philosophers to fully grasp some of the meaning. great language, interesting dude #growthemo

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  • Kuleshov
  • 14-01-2017

Disappointed

Keeble is one of the best readers on audible. I was disappointed with this book as it is really a lightweight biography with a few of Nietzsche's epigrams at the end. I was hoping for an overview f the philosophic ideas. In this respect it is far too lightweight in my opinion. I learned a lot more from In Our Time on Radio 4 - who ch is s U.K. intellectual chat show.

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  • InstrumentalFoundationMaterial
  • 17-04-2018

Good for understanding who he was

Not so good for understanding his philosophy as only the last 20 minutes gives you a breakdown of his philosophies and it goes very quickly I might add. The rest of the book details he movements from place to place, his odd obsessions and desires and relationships with those around him. It is all relevant but is is more of a biography than an exploration of his work. Still worth a listen to get an introduction by all means 👌🏾

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  • Nze kkuc akabusi
  • 11-11-2018

Next time get some person with less of an axe to grind to write the story

The final word is an absolute disgrace and just about epitomized why the author was the wrong person to write the book. This said it is good for those people seasoned in Nietzsche to have this as part of the library as a counterweight to ones own confirmation bias. For the first timer this would be a jaundiced view that might put you off reading the man himself which would be a pity. You don’t need to agree with the man to realize the importance he has in wanting you to think for yourself!

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  • Sebastian Farfan
  • 17-03-2019

More biography than philosophy

10 minutes of the principles uncovered by Nietzsche, 50 minutes on his life story. Well written and narrated however and an interesting tale none the less!

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  • User EAC
  • 24-08-2018

Poor story

The text pays too much attention to Nietzche's personal life at the expense of his thought. The easiest way to devalue someone is to look into their private affairs. I am not interested in his romantic attachments. I would prefer to hear more about his ideas and intellectual contributions. The same critique goes to many other books in the series - Marx etc. What is the point in jumping into those people's beds? Other than that, it is very well narrated and well presented. An easy listen for many people.

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  • sf
  • 04-03-2016

Skips

Maybe it was just my phone but it skipped a lot making it an incoherent listen. The content I actually heard was good.

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  • A. J. Rogulski
  • 08-10-2020

Simplistic

Narrow minded simplistic hateful, this is everything but informative and philosophical. Terrible book, waste of time

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  • deborah S.
  • 07-03-2020

disappointing- very little synthesis

more than half of this is about Nietzsche's life with the minority about his actual philosophy. and in discussing nietzsche's philosophy there is little or no interpretation there is a lot of quoting of Nietzsche

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  • Terry
  • 08-08-2019

Another Biography

This does not really tackle much of the actual philosophy Nietzche worked on. It's more about his life events and a biography rather than his academic work. Still worth a buy but with many caveats.

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  • P
  • 08-04-2018

Nietzsche

It was a balanced view which sought to put right some historical mistakes, but was too fleeting to be insightful. Will need to look elsewhere for a better review

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