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When Orwell went to England in the 30's to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experiences....
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In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum....
A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers....
Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Batallion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as roundups of Jewish people....
More than a half-century after it burst upon the intellectual scene, Existentialism's quest to answer the most fundamental questions has continued to exert a profound attraction....
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A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II....
The Art of the Argument shocks the dying art of rational debate back to life, giving you the essential tools you need to fight the escalating sophistry....
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On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before....
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The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? Find out....
Continuing where Thus Spoke Zarathustra left off, Nietzsche's controversial work Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most influential philosophical texts of the 19th century and one of the most controversial works of ideology ever written.
Attacking the notion of morality as nothing more than institutionalised weakness, Nietzsche criticises past philosophers for their unquestioning acceptance of moral precepts. Nietzsche tried to formulate what he called "the philosophy of the future".
Alex Jennings reads this new translation by Ian Johnston.
I won't drone on about the wealth of knowledge in this book. I will say i've listened to it twice since i got it two weeks ago, and i will keep listening to it. I find it very practical.
The narration and production of this book is exceptional. Like any book, it's difficult to read to others, and communicate the nuance. Jennings & McMillan bring this production through with excellence. Even Jennings tone, a slight snear, really plays well, because Nietzsche himself writes with a slight snear.
Contrast this production with one i downloaded from "Librovox". Librovox allows non-professionals to record a book, and upload it. I downloaed Nietzsche's "The Gay Science", and i couldn't get through the first chapters. The narrator couldn't communicate the spirit and intent of the book. This production achieves that.
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"Beyond Good and Evil" is a well-known classic, so I will not review the work itself.
The narration by Alex Jennings was excellent. He kept my attention throughout with his lively speech.
And, Ian Johnston was more than a translator. He also wrote commentary which is included in this audio. The commentary is excellent: accurate and helpful for understanding Nietzsche's background and ideas.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
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Great read, great narrator, interesting, thought provoking, and surprisingly funny at times. If you have never read any Nietzsche this is a good one to start with.
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Nietzsche's analysis and critique of false authority, master-slave relationships, herd morality, rationalistic/scientific barriers to living fearlessly are amazing critiques for the time he wrote, and flew in the face of the rationalistic zeitgeist of Kant, Hegel and science.
His critique is very psychological, in that he does not himself present a rationalistic argument for or against his views (although he reveals brilliant thinking), but rather a series of observations/aphorisms which we automatically string together as his "philosophy" (and then wonder what he said). He makes scathing observations of the Jews being the cause of the despised master-slave relationships, and compounded by Christians. For sure, he despises weakness.
Because of his own questioning of human motivation leading to the destructive master-slave devaluation of human, I find myself analyzing his own motivation for his concerns. While his interpretation of women parallels hatred of weakness everywhere, his misogyny, mistrust and devaluation seems embedded in every pore of his being, and explains most of his philosophy as a rant against how his mother (including father) treated him. He describes women as like a cat, they do their own thing, they have claws waiting to strike and are fundamentally manipulative and shallow.
If my impression of Nietzsche's devaluation of human relationships (esp. with women) is accurate (his self/other esteem is relationally absent), then he is blind and in contempt (indignant) of any relational resolution to his existential predicament. His primary target therefore is anyone who presents a threat to him, his thinking, his power/right to live fully.
More interestingly, this theory helps explain the either/or, master/slave position which he takes as the truth of the human condition. Since psyche (which is conditioned by society he states)/people/society/ bad philosophers/scientists/politics/countries are not to be trusted, the first goal is to avoid being a slave of your own weak conscience or that of anyone else's, have the courage to be master of your own soul, and do not be afraid of your passions/instincts/impulses, but let them give you instinctive taste/guidance, power, freedom of will, nobility--not made weak by conscience.
His use of the term "Truth" is almost always stated in some disdainful way against others, especially philosopher metaphysicians who go around telling others what "Truth" is. His effort is to invert this terrible misconception, and restore the meaning of truth as ones own Will to Truth (which becomes Will to Power), the power to be who you are based on your own value. The ultimate truth in life is thus to embrace the value of your own power. He often speaks positively of artists who engage in their expressive, empowered freedom in life (i.e., Wagner).
He states that "all organic functions [including sexuality] could be traced back to this Will to Power" (36)--this is his claim about reality/truth. There are thus two reading of Nietzsche--the amoral, harsh, cynical, heartlessness, and the one that some of us would like to believe: that his thoughts just haven't been developed clearly and that he is more artistic in his nature (and that Santa Claus and Heaven are not in jeopardy). It is not hard to see why his ideas became usable for Hitler's regime. We can thank subsequent philosophers who salvaged his genius out of his darkness.
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take a look at one self from inside not the outside. our thoughts create good or evil.
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would definitely suggest the listen to any nietzshe fan. reader was pretty decent as well
The narration was by far the best part! To be sure, Nietzsche is dynamic and insightful writer, it's just overall imbalance in chapter quality. Like he'd have a deep understanding of social pressures and corrupted morality followed with how "inadequate" women are. Or how logical positivism cancels itself followed by a vague chapter on the German spirit. The aphorisms section was by far the most tedious.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
This book needs to be studied and discussed. It is no easy listen to whilst commuting to work. I would not recommend it as entertainment.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Something totally different, perhaps light entertainment like a Flashman book or the new narrated book by Dustin Hoffman, 'Being There'.
Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings and Roy McMillan ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I don't think so, but they are excellent in their performance from this book.
Was Beyond Good and Evil worth the listening time?
I am not smart enough to appreciate it. Would need to spend more time discussing and studying it to get the benefit from it. I understand the Nazi used Nietzeche to back up their weird ideas, so if you like to study that part of history, it might be a good resource. For me, it was unfortunately a waste of time.
Any additional comments?
Interesting, nothing like the communist manifesto, or the great thinkers from the age of enlightenment but important as it did have an influence on the 20th Century. Not my 'cup-of-tea'.
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It's Friedrich Nietzsche at his most cogent and pungent; I believe his eventual madness is becoming manifest here. On the other hand, his astringent honesty, even when he is wrong, is a pleasing contrast to the intellectual bankruptcy of current academic discourse. Listen and listen again and try not to see the abyss staring back.
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