Unfashionable Observations (The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, #2)

Unfashionable Observations The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche This new translation is the first to be published in a twenty volume English language edition of The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche the first complete critical and annotated translation of a

  • Title: Unfashionable Observations (The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, #2)
  • Author: Friedrich Nietzsche Richard T. Gray
  • ISBN: 9780804734035
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • This new translation is the first to be published in a twenty volume English language edition of The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, the first complete, critical, and annotated translation of all of Nietzsche s work The Stanford edition is based on the Colli Montinari edition, which has received universal praise It has revolutionized our understanding of one of tThis new translation is the first to be published in a twenty volume English language edition of The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, the first complete, critical, and annotated translation of all of Nietzsche s work The Stanford edition is based on the Colli Montinari edition, which has received universal praise It has revolutionized our understanding of one of the greatest German thinkers Scholars can be confident for the first time of having a trustworthy text Under the title Unzeitgem sse Betrachtungen, Nietzsche collected four essays published separately between 1873 and 1876 David Strauss the Confessor and the Writer, On the Utility and Liability of History for Life, Schopenhauer as Educator, and Richard Wagner in Bayreuth The title, newly translated as Unfashionable Observations, spells out the common impulse linking these essays Nietzsche s inimical attitude toward his time, understood broadly as all the mainstream and popular movements that constituted contemporary European, but especially German, culture in the wake of the Prussian military victory over the French in 1871.The Unfashionable Observations are foundational works for Nietzsche s entire philosophy, prefiguring both his characteristic philosophical style and many of the major ideas he would develop in his later writings This is the first English translation to include Nietzsche s variants to the published text.

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    • Mert Dostol says:

      Nietzsche'nin okuması en kolay kitaplarından biri. Diğerleri gibi edebi bir ağırlığı yok ve metinleri sade. Devlet hakkındaki görüşlerine tamamen katılsam da, topluluğun tek görevinin 'dahi'lere hizmet etmek olduğuna katılmıyorum. Dahi ancak içindeki toplumda, her şarta rağmen yükselebilirse bir dahidir.

    • Conor says:

      I'll start with why I liked this and why I was happy to be reading the big N again, then move on to why I didn't like it, and why this edition is lacking.(or, if you're not up for reading the stuff below, he's a summary: I kind of liked it, and I'm never picking up a "available in english for the first time" translation ever again)----ANECDOTE ALERT!----I went to the museum of contemporary art the other day, and found an interesting little piece. A female character from a classic oil paitining w [...]

    • Stephanie Ricker says:

      Nietzsche is not as great as he thinks he is. Also, Schopenhauer isn't as great as Nietzsche thinks he is. Wagner isn't as great as Nietzsche thinks he is; although his music is pretty great, he's a jerk. Nietzsche is terribly quoteable, however. The thing is, you can't really run around spouting out Nietzsche quotes without people looking at you strangely.

    • Brent McCulley says:

      Written in Nietzsche's early formative years, from 1873-76, right after he penned his "Birth of Tragedy," Nietzsche's "Untimely Meditations" are truly "out of season." The four essays are all fairly short, but compiled together make a substantive book nevertheless.The best two essays are the last two, viz Nietzsche on history and Schopenhauer. In "On the Use and Abuse of History," Nietzsche explores ideas such as History being good only insofar as it contributes towards life. That "objectivity" [...]

    • Ryan says:

      This book consists of 4 longish essays from early in Nietzsche's career. The misunderstood German has stated that Schopenhauer as Educator is a great synopsis of his overall view of the world. This is the only essay of the four that I have read. This alone is well worth the price of the book.Schopenhauer as Educator is the kind of edifying philosophy that I really love. In spirit it has many similarities with Emerson's Self-Reliance.If you are interested in Nietzsche you have to read this book. [...]

    • Christian says:

      To Nietzsche, clarity can sit in a comprised motley of only rare, uncommon, affirmative and essential things necessitated by those that come unwarily striking with an assertive primness. His utter concern and piercing critique amongst his own, the Germans, led to the healthy isolation and time of meditation of himself. Around the time this work was published with the four installments, his thirst for knowledge and understanding of human nature began to surface - in his way of saying, he was begi [...]

    • Paul Adkin says:

      There is very much passion here in these four essays on aesthetics, and enough fuel to pull any true but failed artist out of his or her despondency, an inspiration to find the energy and reasons to keep creating. Here also is Nietzsche's greatest contradiction to his most erroneous philosophical conclusion that nature is power, when he asks: "Which of you will renounce power, in the knowledge and experience that power is evil?" To go beyond good and evil one has to renounce power, not embrace i [...]

    • Hossein Hamidi says:

      خوانش ، هزار وسیصد وهشتاد وهشت

    • Ian Stewart says:

      A mixed bag and often hard read. I’m glad I read it but I’d only recommend half of it and only if you’re doing what I’m doing: trying to read through (most of) Nietzsche’s work in order of publication.The first two essays were hard to follow and keep up an interest in. The second two were very engaging. But all four seem focused on the artists, philosophers and saints that can be a “great man” — the “Schopenhauer man” — who reform culture and for whom culture, Nietzsche see [...]

    • Evan says:

      This is the same work that is more commonly translated as "Untimely Meditations"-- the editors here, ever the academic mincers, thought that conveyed too much of a sense of anachronism, whereas what Nietzsche was really getting at is that his observations were out of step with popular sentiments and tastes, contrary to what he saw as the self-satisfied zeitgeist of Bismarckian, post-Franco-Prussian-war Germania. Something akin to "inconvenient truths" that neither the state nor the increasingly [...]

    • Derek says:

      So, I have a friend who is reading Nietzsche for his dissertation. I have agreed to read the majority of Nietzsche's works with him. This was one of the first things we have read so far, and I enjoyed it. The first essay was surprisingly funny. Nietzsche was dishing it out to David Strauss, who was a theologian and historian. There were several times that I laughed out loud while reading. After that the essays get more serious.This work clearly anticipates some of Nietzsche's themes that come ou [...]

    • Krissy says:

      Pollan pulls this quote from "On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life":"Consider the cattle, grazing as they pass you by. They do not know what is meant by yesterday or today, they leap about, eat, rest, digest, leap about again, and so from morn till night and from day to day, fettered to the moment and its pleasure or displeasure, and thus neither melancholy nor bored. [:] A human being may well ask an animal: 'Why do you not speak to me of your happiness but only stand and gaze at m [...]

    • Nate Markham says:

      this is an unfinished work and a very personal book for nietzsche. almost like his diary. but in context with the rest of his work the book seems muddled and incomplete, which i guess it is incomplete. he begins some major themes here but come off more as notes he uses for later work, lines and phrases are re used later in zarathusta and others, he often goes back to the same themes in his later work many of which begin here.

    • Prakash says:

      I agree with Russell that Nietzsche was a literary artist. Does that make him less of a philosopher is the point? I don't think so. "Human nature finds it harder to endure a victory than a defeat; indeed, it seems to be easier to achieve a victory than to endure it in such a way that it does not in fact turn into a defeat." (Untimely Meditations) Is this sufficient "proof" that Russell could be wrong!

    • Alexander says:

      These essays may not rank among Nietzsche's most celebrated works (save "On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life," whose reputation I found well-deserved). Still, they offer interesting insights into Nietzsche's views on culture, education, and language, among other subjects, as well as point toward the directions his thought would later take.

    • Erik Graff says:

      Not my favorite Nietzsche. On the Use and Abuse of History was of interest. The Strauss piece was about an author I'd no independent knowledge of. The Schopenhauer piece was amusing as a satirical polemic. The Wagner bit was, of course, of some biographical interest given his previous treatment in The Birth of Tragedy and subsequent treatments in The Case of Wagner etc.

    • Michael says:

      I recommend this only if you are a huge fan of Nietzsche and interested in the evolution of his ideas. It's not a great place to start and it is a pretty minor work in his oevre as far as I'm concerned.

    • Steve says:

      Wildly uneven in terms of quality as well as tone. But it is great to see Nietzsche spelling out his thoughts about education, and what separates 'true' culture from culture of the masses, and generally engaging with quotidian political reality much more explicitly than in his later writings.

    • Onyango Makagutu says:

      Interesting read

    • Blair says:

      Some of my favourite of Nietzsche's work that I have read. His stance against historicism is striking, and his homage to Schopenhauer is inspiring.

    • Dreamersemporium says:

      very good

    • Eli Jacobs says:

      i only read on the utilities and liabilities of history for life, which was ok.

    • David says:

      I've read just "On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life" of this collection--why I'm not giving it five stars--but it's one of my favorite essays.

    • Jamie Bernard says:

      Enjoyed it, although I disagree with Nietzsche's fundamentally aristocratic tendencies.

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