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The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche | [The Great Courses]

The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

Who was Friedrich Nietzsche? This lonely and chronically ill, yet passionate, daring, and complex man is perhaps the most mysterious and least understood of all contemporary philosophers. Why are his brilliant insights so relevant for today? How did he become the most misinterpreted and unfairly maligned intellectual figure of the last two centuries?
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Who was Friedrich Nietzsche? This lonely and chronically ill, yet passionate, daring, and complex man is perhaps the most mysterious and least understood of all contemporary philosophers. Why are his brilliant insights so relevant for today? How did he become the most misinterpreted and unfairly maligned intellectual figure of the last two centuries?

To provide shape to Nietzsche's thought, each of these 24 lectures focuses on specific ideas that preoccupied Nietzsche while tracing the profound themes that give meaning to his work. You'll get a chance to put Nietzsche's life and work in a larger historical and philosophical context. You'll explore the controversial philosopher's subtle, complex critique of both religious belief and Greek rationalism.

You'll also spend a wealth of time focusing on Nietzsche's famous writing style, which deftly combines the majesty of the prophet, the force of the Homeric warrior, and the lyricism of the poet - but which nonetheless is rife with inconsistencies, exaggerations, and personal attacks. And you'll get a better understanding of Nietzsche's complaints and criticisms of the intellectual currents of his time: Christian moralism, evolution, socialism, democracy, and nationalism.

As you make your way through these lectures, you'll discover that Nietzsche, even at his most polemical and offensive, exudes an unmistakable enthusiasm and love of life. In fact, you'll see that his exhortation to learn to love and accept one's own life, to make it better by becoming who one really is, forms the project that is the true core of his work.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©1999 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1999 The Great Courses

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    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 04-13-14
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 04-13-14

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    This is a very comprehensive course on Nietzsche. Not just his works and his thoughts, but there is a rather helpful and contexualizing of his life as well.

    It's a real pleasure to listen to lecturers who love their subject. A few, though by no means all, of these Courses series are taught by people who have a really selective preference for certain parts of what their teaching, but not all of it, and it shows.

    Professors Higgins and Solomon are tremendous fans of Nietzsche's work; it comes through in their passion and enthusiasm for the topic and it makes some of the harder-to-grasp concepts presented much easier to take on board.

    I also really appreciated some of the back and forth, dialogic style of the presentation. It made the apologetics more vibrant and fertile.

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    Dan 07-25-14
    Dan 07-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Insight on one of my very favorite people"
    What made the experience of listening to The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche the most enjoyable?

    It had many varieties of thots considering the two that wrote it were very much studiers of Nietzsche which made it interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nietzshe is one of the most interesting philosophers of all time. There is so much to be revealed and think about when you read his writings


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Some was too much opinion and not enough reading of the actual parts of the writings


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    It's good to hear another view, we all have our opinions and sometimes it is good to just take a Nietzshe book to a place that is quiet and read the intensity of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DWLaCroix 10-05-14
    DWLaCroix 10-05-14
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    What disappointed you about The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche?

    The first 5 lectures (sorry I'm quitting there) come across as an apologetic of Nietzsche. Not a discussion of his writing. Much about how he is misunderstood.

    In comparing Nietzsche's thoughts to Christianity, the lecturers try to show how he was misunderstood, that he meant something different than theologians in his use of some words. Perhaps he is misunderstood, but on the flip side, I don't think many theologians would recognize what the lecturers say is the Christian meaning.


    If you’ve listened to books by The Great Courses before, how does this one compare?

    The only one I didn't finish


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps after learning more about Nietzsche from other sources this would be a worthy listen

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A deep and detailed analysis of Nietzche"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but this is very easy to listen to. The narrators are great and they obviously love Nietzsche but also have a good understanding of him and attempt to be fair.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is very revealing and talks in a more fair way about a complex man rather than just presenting him as one sentence that is the usual way of presenting him.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Many of the deep philosophical studies made me see the world differently and gain a better understanding of life.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It would make a boring film and is much more suited to this type of media, or even as a written book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to know about Nietzsche this is a great introduction to his life and his works, so you not only get an understanding of what he wrote and thought, but also maybe why he wrote it and thought it that way.

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