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Introduction by Peter Gay
Translated and edited by Walter Kaufmann
Commentary by Martin Heidegger, Albert Camus, and Gilles Deleuze
 
One hundred years after his death, Friedrich Nietzsche remains the most influential philosopher of the modern era. Basic Writings of Nietzsche gathers the complete texts of five of Nietzsche’s most important works, from his first book to his last: The Birth of Tragedy, Beyond Good and Evil, On the Genealogy of Morals, The Case of Wagner, and Ecce Homo. Edited and translated by the great Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann, this volume also features seventy-five aphorisms, selections from Nietzsche’s correspondence, and variants from drafts for Ecce Homo. It is a definitive guide to the full range of Nietzsche’s thought.
 
Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide

Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9780307417695
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A great edition of Nietzsche - curious how much the Tea Party COULD use some of these comments, but that would raise the level of discourse,and they would need to read the entire text (unlikely) to extract those few citations. Oh, Gingrich might!more
Notoriously prone to misinterpretation, Nietzsche has never been so well served by any editor as by Walter Kaufmann. As a translator, Kaufmann is helpful and honest, forthcoming about specific difficulties presented by the text during translation. Yet his greatest virtue is as a Nietzsche scholar. Without him, I suspect Nietzsche would still be suffering under the shadow of Nazi Germany, an undeserved association. This edition is careful to emphasize the biographical and historical contexts of the author, helping to dispel the misconception of Nietzsche as proto-Nazi. At the same time, Kaufmann unambiguously addresses his misogyny and complicated antisemitism. The selections are a superb foundation for a new reader, or a hearty addition to an established Nietzsche library. I recommend this and any text edited by Kaufmann.more
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A great edition of Nietzsche - curious how much the Tea Party COULD use some of these comments, but that would raise the level of discourse,and they would need to read the entire text (unlikely) to extract those few citations. Oh, Gingrich might!more
Notoriously prone to misinterpretation, Nietzsche has never been so well served by any editor as by Walter Kaufmann. As a translator, Kaufmann is helpful and honest, forthcoming about specific difficulties presented by the text during translation. Yet his greatest virtue is as a Nietzsche scholar. Without him, I suspect Nietzsche would still be suffering under the shadow of Nazi Germany, an undeserved association. This edition is careful to emphasize the biographical and historical contexts of the author, helping to dispel the misconception of Nietzsche as proto-Nazi. At the same time, Kaufmann unambiguously addresses his misogyny and complicated antisemitism. The selections are a superb foundation for a new reader, or a hearty addition to an established Nietzsche library. I recommend this and any text edited by Kaufmann.more
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