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The Will to Power [Paperback]

Friedrich Nietzsche
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Aug. 12 1968
Represents a selection from Nietzche's notebooks to find out what he wrote on nihilism, art, morality, religion, and the theory of knowledge, among others.

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Nietzsche saw political correctness ("the values that judge") coming over a century before it started taking hold. It is only in this book of his notes that his ideas about the consequences of the feminism, physiological exhaustion, and degeneracy of our 'leading lights', and the passive and active nihilism that it brings forth, are expressed.
This one extract says far more than all of the books by the modern 'philosophers' and 'psychologists' put together do about the nature of what we are still blindly staring in the face...
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"The development of pessimism into nihilism. - Denaturalisation of values. Scholasticism of values. Detached and idealistic, values, instead of dominating and guiding action, turn against action and condemn it. Opposites replace natural degrees and ranks. Hatred against the order of rank. Opposites suit a plebeian age because easier to comprehend. The repudiated world versus an artificially built "true, valuable" one. - Finally: one discovers of what material one has built the "true world": and now all one has left is the repudiated world, and one adds this supreme disappointment to the reasons why it deserves to be repudiated. At this point nihilism is reached: all one has left are the values that pass judgement - nothing else.
"Here the problem of strength and weakness originates:
1. The weak perish of it.
2. Those who are stronger destroy what does not perish.
3. Those who are strongest overcome the values that pass judgement.
"In sum this constitutes the tragic age."

If you have read all of Nietzsche's completed works you should have a good idea of the full compass of his thinking, and a good feel for his unique ability to express himself.
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_Der Wille zur Macht_ consists of selections from the notebooks of Friedrich Nietzsche originally intended to compose a series of books by Nietzsche and published posthumously by his sister, Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche. Originally considered to be Nietzsche's magnum opus, this book has now been relegated to an entirely different but still important status in the corpus of Nietzsche's writings. This book influenced the thought of such European thinkers as Martin Heidegger, Ernst Junger, Oswald Spengler, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, Julius Evola, and Mircea Eliade. Nietzsche's call for an overcoming of nihilism through the affirmation of the eternal recurrence was taken up by Nazi intellectuals in their quest to breed a superior race. Nietzsche argues for the creation of the "overman" through discipline and breeding. In this work, Nietzsche attempts his "revaluation of all values" by examining the rise of European nihilism and the decline of Christian morality summed up in Nietzsche's infamous phrase: "God is dead". Nietzsche writes, "Nihilism stands at the door: whence comes this uncanniest of guests?" Nietzsche tackles head on the issue of nihilistic decadence, the overturning of all values hitherto regarded as the highest values. He offers a powerful "Critique of Religion", "Critique of Morality", and "Critique of Philosophy". In this aspect, he finds the source of nihilism to be the Christian religion itself, a sort of Semiticized Platonic idealism for the herd - "the little people". These "little people" gave rise to Christian morality - a leveling of society -which Nietzsche thoroughly criticizes. From the Semitic myth of "the chosen", arose the Christian moral ideal. Read more ›
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"the will to power" is a must read, and nietzsche is at the top of his game here. nowhere else will you find such crushing nihilism and skepticism as regards the objective value and meaning of existence, but after nietzsche tears down all your false values and your illusory beliefs about the orderly nature of reality or it's supposed "moral structure", he gives you a foundation to build a new, more unfettered and joyous worldview on: the concept of the dionysian, the human being who affirms existence enthusiastically no matter what the circumstance. it is almost amusing to watch nietzsche destroy all philosophers' metaphysics and ridicule those who have pretensions to certainty or insight into the nature of ultimate reality, which nietzsche warns us is most likely not at all what we would like it to be. but unlike the weaker men of philosophy ("cowardly idealists" as good old fred would undoubtedly say), nietzsche does not turn away from the void beneath everyhing but embraces it and creates from it. his work is incredibly vital and concrete, and it is less like reading an abstract philosopher and more like having the author right there in the room with you. his personality and passion are so strong that one cannot doubt his firm belief (or his belief about himself being the arch enemy of belief?)in his self appointed mission as a fearless thinker. puritanical morons seem to believe that his work is somehow discredited because he died insane in an invalid asylum, and yet we know now that his madness resulted from syphillis he contracted from a prostitute. nietzsche would undoubtedly sneer at those who see some non existent link between the revolutionary nature of his thought and his unfortunate end, because this simply suggests that there are still (... Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars How to avoid superlatives?
Nietzceh doesn't represent everything thats wrong with the world today, but he's certianly viaing for the title.
Published on April 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book......
I hardly know why I am writing a review for "The Will to Power." Anyone kicking around the house on a rainy Saturday afternoon, with nothing good on the television, looking for a... Read more
Published on March 23 2004 by "efoff"
5.0 out of 5 stars great thinker.....but who knows what he really thought
This I believe... is still a very,very accurate interpretation of Nietzsche. Don't listen to the reviews who say this is not "True Nietzsche". Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars His Sister
Not exactly the best example of Nietzsche's work. As it is composed of Nietzsche's notes, assambled by his Sister, it dosn't carry the same message. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by Hunter H
1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate and misleading, Nietzsche's words twisted
The Will to Power was published by Nietzsche's sister for her own purposes. Nietzsche did not get along with his sister - and for good reason. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003 by M. Keisler
5.0 out of 5 stars Nietzsche in a way predicted the Theory of Relativity
Being a physics student, an interesting thought accured to me while I was reading the Critique of Mechanism in Nietzsche's Will to Power:
Nietzsche lived before Einstein's... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking to himself (more, better, faster)
The economic values of technological society must assume great quantities of supply, demand, suppliers, consumers, but Nietzsche was aware of how soon such values break down when... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by Bruce P. Barten
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Start Here, Rabblerousers...
Even though Nietzsche is my favorite philosopher, I must agree with the other reviewers. Is doesn't take a genius to see that this was indeed a notebook and not nearly ready to be... Read more
Published on June 3 2003 by Von Satan
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not Nietzsche
I will be brief, but I must warn the reader of this text. If you are looking for something more to the life and work of Nietzsche and have struggled and grappled with all of his... Read more
Published on April 2 2003 by M. Roberts
1.0 out of 5 stars Superweasels
The most glaring stupidity in Nietzsche is his total misreading of how power is gained in human society. It is hard to believe that he ever lived on planet Earth. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2003 by Fred Strohm
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