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Published: Archive Classics on 1932
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Although Professor Alderman credits his own interpretation of Nietzsche as a derivation of Heidegger's, Alderman takes Zarathustra as the paradigm of the philosopher, leaving Heidegger to his Will to Power notebook. But Heidegger is wrong-- about philosophy and about Nietzsche and about Zarathustra...Zarathustra is NOT a proponent of objectivist nihilism. He is explicitly, explicitly and songfully, and beingfully trying to FREE humankind from metaphysics and its thin-lipped sour Schopenhauer bower. It is Socratic! The opposite of a Will with a need to be UBER. [do the love dance]read more
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I am always hopeful that a philosophy will confirm my beliefs and put them better than I can put them myself. I am always dissapointed that what I read fails to meet my expectations. I enjoyed this book a little more than most because of the way it was written. There were parts of the book where I did feel that Nietzsche did confirm my beliefs, and put things well. Much of the book either missed my expectation, or I simply couldn't see things the way they were intended. Interestingly enough, immediately after this I read Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" where Ibsen outlines "the strongest man in the world". Contrasting that with Nietzsche's superman helped me get more out of each book.read more
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No book has influenced me as much as 'Zarathustra' did. Before the last pages were read, I already knew: "I will not read any comparable book ever again in my entire life" - because there probably isn't one. Nietzsche just steals the show with this book. The power that every single sentence contains cannot be described, therefore you just have to read it.read more
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Although Professor Alderman credits his own interpretation of Nietzsche as a derivation of Heidegger's, Alderman takes Zarathustra as the paradigm of the philosopher, leaving Heidegger to his Will to Power notebook. But Heidegger is wrong-- about philosophy and about Nietzsche and about Zarathustra...Zarathustra is NOT a proponent of objectivist nihilism. He is explicitly, explicitly and songfully, and beingfully trying to FREE humankind from metaphysics and its thin-lipped sour Schopenhauer bower. It is Socratic! The opposite of a Will with a need to be UBER. [do the love dance]
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I am always hopeful that a philosophy will confirm my beliefs and put them better than I can put them myself. I am always dissapointed that what I read fails to meet my expectations. I enjoyed this book a little more than most because of the way it was written. There were parts of the book where I did feel that Nietzsche did confirm my beliefs, and put things well. Much of the book either missed my expectation, or I simply couldn't see things the way they were intended. Interestingly enough, immediately after this I read Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" where Ibsen outlines "the strongest man in the world". Contrasting that with Nietzsche's superman helped me get more out of each book.
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No book has influenced me as much as 'Zarathustra' did. Before the last pages were read, I already knew: "I will not read any comparable book ever again in my entire life" - because there probably isn't one. Nietzsche just steals the show with this book. The power that every single sentence contains cannot be described, therefore you just have to read it.
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This novel was extremely hard-going for me, not only because of the extremely rich language, poetry and metaphor employed, and not only because of the immense effort of interpretation required to come to a full personal understanding of it, but because I read it at a time where my life was topsy-turvy with emotional turmoil. Bizarrely, however, and totally unexpectedly, this philosophical bomb of a book ultimately did more in the way of rooting me firmly to the ground than it did to blow me out of orbit. So, while it is easy to see how Nietzsche may have driven himself to mental illness in the writing of this book, fortunately for me, it had completely the opposite effect.This important novel is not only a incisively written parody of the cackling buffoonery of the average prophet, with a firm digit jabbed accusingly at the Zoroastrian origins of popular monotheistic religion, but a forceful delivery of the values of the Übermensch, pulling no punches from what Nietzsche considers the culturally obsolete meek servant of God. I am hardly surprised that the devoutly religious detested this book, for it impels man to take charge of his own destiny, and not simply be the self-flagellating subject of an absent father, whether said father really exists or not.I like to think that, if there is a hell, Nietzsche is definitely in it, and he is grinning stubbornly with all his teeth to mock even God’s punishment, and that he is reading this book to Beelzebub himself.
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This is the most tedious book I have ever read. I usually like philosophy, but this is incredibly dull and unispirational.
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Like Daniel Quinn's My Ishmael, this isn't really a novel, but a philosophy in a very poor disguise. Unlike Daniel Quinn's My Ishmael, this does not feature a telepathic gorilla. More's the pity. This Penguin edition (1978) is mostly worth it for Walter Kaufmann's hilarious notes, which apologize profusely for Nietzsche's deficiencies at the same time they venerate his genius.
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