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am 29. April 2017
I'm not a fan of the way this copy was printed. Long solid white pages(rather than the traditional off white) so it felt like a text book for school. Also, because the pages are so long, the book itself is very thin, feels like a little brochure than a novel. Also doesn't have the title and author name on the binding like most books. I ordered a different version by Penguin classics in the end.
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am 19. März 2000
The late great Princeton philosopher Walter Kaufmann does yet another fine job of translating and defending Nietzsche to a 20th (and 21st?) century audience. Kaufmann deserves a great deal of credit for bringing Nietzsche out of the ranks of taboo books for the (unfortunate) association with Hitler after World War II.
This association is ironic when one considers how Nietzsche extols the Jewish race on pages 187 & 188, describing them as
...beyond any doubt the strongest, toughest, and purest race now living in Europe; they know how to prevail even under the worst means of virtues that today one would like to mark as vices - thanks above all to a resolute faith that need not be ashamed before "modern ideas"....
Can anyone seriously contend that Hitler was inspired to commit genocide upon the Jewish people because of Nietzsche with passages such as this in mind?
If I have one bone to pick with this book, it is Nietzsche's unwarranted misogynistic tirades in the chapter called "Our Virtues." These attacks on woman's intellectual acumen are not only wrong, but completely unnecessary and contribute nothing to Nietzsche's overall philosophical thread of thought. His dictum of the "eternally boring in woman" (a verbal joust to Goethe's "eternal feminine") is nothing more than an adolescent, shallow cheap shot. Personally, I think his hatred of women has much more to due with his psychology (the fact that he was such a very lonely man + the inaccessiblity of Cosima Wagner) than any serious intellectual analysis that he devoted to the issue. In any case, given the accomplishments of women in the 20th century (as well as the "hidden" triumphs of historical women from before this century) any educated person today would be compelled to dismiss the idea of men being mentally superior to women as hogwash.
With the exception of the anti-woman chapter, the rest of this book is quite good. It is in many ways a re-writing of his "Also Sprach Zarathustra" via a non-poetic medium. Most of Nietzsche's more important ideas are incorporated into the book at some point or other. Also, Kaufmann furnishes the reader with helpful footnotes which elucidate the allusions that Nietzsche is making. A profound book. To give you a taste of why this book is worth reading, I will leave you with one of my very favorite passages of Nietzsche. It appears on page 153:
"Measure" is alien to us; let us own it; our thrill is the thrill of the infinite, the unmeasured. Like a rider on a steed that flies forward, we drop the reins before the infinite, we modern men, like semi-barbarians - and reach "our" bliss only where we are most - in danger.
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am 19. Oktober 1999
I have read Beyond Good and Evil one time completely through. Ive had the book for many years but could never really fathom the book in its entirity. Recently I have been blessed with a further reaching insight into said book. Believe what i say when i tell you of the further reaching information that is available from Nietzsche. It is not enough to read it and disseminate it as you will. There is a specific purpose to his writings and I firmly have grasped them. Then just to see that I am not insane I browse through commentaries by laymen and learned alike---what I find in every case thus far is, at best, a banal intellectual review. There are very specific warnings and guides in his books--(especially good and evil and Zarathustra) they are hidden in meaning as is the style of his writings. Look upon his writing as you would a hologram; at once it appears one way but if you ruminate long enough you may find that the image --changes-----
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am 26. März 1998
This book happens to be my personal favorite. No one, not even Plato or Montaigne or Freud, surpasses the sort of brilliance displayed here, on every page, in every line. BGE demands as many rereadings as we can attempt.By the way, I also think that giving someone a copy of this book is about the best gift idea possible. I heartily recommend the Kaufmann translation to every intelligent reader.
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am 25. Mai 2000
I guess a lot of people are not able to bask in the wisdom of Friedrich Nietzsche. "Beyond Good and Evil" is an extraordinary tour de force of philosophy. The questions that the German philosopher asks forces one to rethink about all of what he believes to be "true". Yes, Nietzsche's philosophy is cryptic, agressive and pretty much uncomfortable for many of us, yet he breaks down barriers of thought like no one did before him. Please, don't be repulsed by his extreme opinions. Let yourself be tempted by his thought (even if it means embracing for mere moments what we would gladly call mysogyny) and you shall see that Nietzsche was no mere madman (remember though that madness and genius are often well aquainted). I'm not saying that Nietzsche is always right. Yet, I find many of his aphorisms (even the most extreme) at least seductive. Christians beware : this book may not please you at all for it attacks relentlessly the Christian faith and its values. For those who dare, do yourself a favor and read through this masterpiece.
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am 31. Mai 2000
While I don't worship Nietzsche as I did when I was young, I think this is a very challenging and worthwhile book. Even people who don't accept Nietzsche's basic approach to life can learn much from it, if they read it with an open (but skeptical) mind. All of Nietzsche's key ideas are here and are presented more lucidly than in Zarathustra and more sanely than in his last works. Even better than the big ideas are the seemingly random insights that can illuminate a whole new area of thought. There are also, it's true, some really stupid passages, such as the comments on women, but overall the gold far outweighs the dross.
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am 2. Juli 2000
Essential! Nietzsche at his best. His most focused work.
BGE is essentially a collection of notes from underground expounding how we should reassess ourselves & evolve to higher states (individuate?). Nietzsche, as a man, experiences & relays depths perhaps previously unplundered.
Like all of Nietzsche's writings BGE is unerringly enigmatic, intense, & mesmeric if, however, fraught with a certain paradox.
I have greatly enjoyed this book, although in retrospect I don't think Nietzsche ever quite became the Ubermench/Superman he sought to be. Just because everything mentioned is true (what isn't?) doesn't necessarily make it good for the soul!
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am 13. Januar 2000
This book is absolutely incredible. A book of philosophy that is also a real page-turner. This a great book to read for those (like me) who are not accustomed to reading philosophy and therefore is not familiar with jargons of philosophy. Nietzsche writes in an engaging, sharp and acessible manner without dumbing down any of his challenging ideas.
Everyone should read this book, regardless of whether they agree with Nietzsche's views or not. His writing is truly thought-provoking without resorting to weak shock tactics.
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am 24. Oktober 1998
This is my favorite book of all time. From reading BGE I have found a kindred spirit in Nietzche. He presents in this book an amazing view of the world; it might seem over-critical to many but I find it humorous and uplifting.
When I have been found reading this book by other people, I always hear: "Nietzche? Oh, he's interesting, just too pessimistic for me." "Nietzche? You shouldn't read his works; you'll get depressed." These people obviously don't understand his works: this is one of the most truthfully optimistic books I have ever read.
This is a book for those who love life and the world but dislike society.
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