Hiking with Nietzsche

On Becoming Who You Are
By: John Kaag
Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
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A revelatory Alpine journey in the spirit of the great Romantic thinker Friedrich Nietzsche.

Hiking with Nietzsche is a tale of two philosophical journeys - one made by John Kaag as an introspective young man of 19, the other 17 years later and in quite different circumstances: as a husband and father. His wife and small child in tow, Kaag sets off for the Swiss peaks above Sils-Maria, where Nietzsche routinely summered, and where he wrote his mysterious landmark work Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Both journeys are made in search of the wisdom at the core of Nietzsche's philosophy, but they deliver him to radically different interpretations and, more crucially, revelations about the human condition.

Just as Kaag's acclaimed debut, American Philosophy: A Love Story, seamlessly wove together his philosophical discoveries and his search for meaning, Hiking with Nietzsche is a fascinating exploration, not only of Nietzsche's ideals, but of how his experience of living relates to us as individuals in the 21st century.

Bold, intimate, and rich with insight, Hiking with Nietzsche is about defeating complacency, balancing sanity and madness, and coming to grips with the unobtainable. As Kaag hikes alone or with his family, but always with Nietzsche, he recognizes that even slipping can be instructive. It is in the process of climbing, and through the inevitable missteps, that one has the chance, in Nietzsche's words, to "[B]ecome who you are".

©2018 John Kaag (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Another great book by John Kaag

Great second audiobook of the author. He continues to show us philosophy as a practical application for our lives. Thanks for bringing Nietzsche to life!

The narrator does a superb job...I highly recommend.

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Good read together with Nietzsche

This is a nice book, combining a history of Nietzsche's career and life with a travel diary of the author's trip to Nietzsche's haunts in the Alps. I read it together with some of Nietzsche's writings and the combo was a pleasure.

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fear, power and uncertainty

friedrich nietzsche is often referenced and quoted but less often read
john kagg has written a book to make nietzsche more approachable
kaag's youthful infatuation with nietzsche has matured into an adult understanding

nietzche's focus on fear and power and uncertainty resonate with 20th century readers
kaag helps unravel the source of these enduring themes in nietzche's troubled life
the book was written from the swiss town of sils maria, nietzche's home for 7 summers

the book serves to make nietzsche accessible with out trying to make him affable
i was particularly interested in nietzche's relationship with his lutheran pastor father
if you find these issues more than interesting then you'll find john kaag's book more than helpful




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Read "I am Dynamite" instead.

You will not find much insight into Nietzsche here. However, I loved the new Nietzsche bio I am dynamite.

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Strong start and then it just would not end

It’s started off well and then it just went on and on and on and most of the last 2/3 of the book was pointless. I was really hopeful about additional insight on life and becoming who you are, but there really isn’t much here. Little to no meaningful insight outside of become who you are by becoming who you are.

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Both nostalgic and contemporary

I remembered who I was becoming as a twenty year old kid (and still am as a middle aged man). Thanks for the reminder to keep interpreting and understanding.