Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist

Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist

This classic is the benchmark against which all modern books about Nietzsche are measured. When Walter Kaufmann wrote it in the immediate aftermath of World War II, most scholars outside Germany viewed Nietzsche as part madman, part proto-Nazi, and almost wholly unphilosophical. Kaufmann rehabilitated Nietzsche nearly single-handedly, presenting his works as one of the gre This classic is the benchmark against which all modern books about Nietzsche are measured. When Walter Kaufmann wrote it ...

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Title:Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist
Author:Walter Kaufmann
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:532 pages pages

Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist Reviews

  • Jee Koh
    Oct 24, 2009
    In grappling with Nietzsche's ideas, Kaufmann appreciates fully his experimental style. He writes: The elusive quality of this style, which is so characteristic of Nietzsche's way of thinking and writing, might be called monadologic to crystallize the tendency of each aphorism to be...
  • Clint
    Aug 22, 2007
    I think Walter Kaufmann is the best guide for the Nietzsche wirter, because he really really seems to care a great deal about the topic, much more than other commentators, and he's not one of those dumbass very modern guys from France who make Nietzsche into something completely differ...
  • Andrew
    Mar 14, 2017
    This, I suppose, was the first step in the philosophical world's large-scale cleanup and renovation of Nietzsche's reputation in the wake of World War II. I can't argue with Kaufmann's well-written explanation of Nietzsche's ideas, and I can't argue with most of his analysis. However, ...
  • David
    Nov 19, 2015
    Growing up in evangelical Christianity in America, all we knew about the German philosopher Nietszche was that he had declared "God is dead". We even had shirts (thankfully I never owned one) that stated Nietzsche said God is dead, but God says Nietzsche is dead. I doubt that anyone wh...
  • Jamey
    Nov 01, 2007
    Nietzsche was just a bit more of a jerk than Kaufmann is willing to admit, which is very moving, because you love Nietzsche and you don't want him to have been a jerk, but then there's all the shitty things he said, and his contempt for weakness, and the crap about the "Blond Beast," a...
  • Ade Bailey
    Apr 06, 2013
    Always a joy to read Kaufmann. His writing is rich and punchy, passionate and highly intelligent. Here, he makes mincemeat of received myth, and of certain other philosophers and figures in the Nietzsche industry. His interpretation of Nietzsche - whose work, he insists, must be viewed...
  • Erik Graff
    Mar 10, 2008
    Walter Kaufmann is one of the great popularists of philosophy, the Will Durant of his generation. If you are intimidated by the subject and the big names in the history of philosophy, Kaufmann is for you. If you liked this book, a positive appropriation of the oft-maligned, but ever...
  • Leslie Erin Quinn
    May 30, 2011
    A tough read - very dry. While the subject himself was interesting in terms of both his ideas and life, I think it could have presented in a way that made it a little easier to get through. Not bad by any means, and certainly well-researched, but just read like the longest term paper i...
  • Jake
    Mar 14, 2008
    I'm so close to done with this book... I've been picking through it piece-by-piece for years now, but it is a great companion to Nietzsche's life and work?a kind of high-speed, PhD-level Sparknotes, I guess. Also not for the Nietzsche neophyte, this book is daunting in its density...
  • Jacob
    Sep 04, 2008
    Anyone who would read this today already knows that Nietzsche was neither a fascist nor an anti-Semite and some might also have noticed that he was, moreover, a prescient critic of the like. A good deal of Kaufmann's energy here is devoted to confronting these prejudices and, while thi...
  • Nick
    May 26, 2009
    This book is for anyone who reads Nietzsche and loves it, but doesn't really see a coherent philosophy. Kaufmann looks at Nietzsche's entire legacy and puts together a pretty straight-forward, compelling presentation of his thought. Kaufmann's writing is everything that Nietzsche's isn...
  • Jake
    Jul 26, 2018
    Kaufmann wrote this just a few years after the end of WWII. He set out to question several ideas about Nietzsche that he saw to be flawed; that he was the intellectual precursor to the Nazis, that he was philosophically inconsistent, and that he was already batshit crazy when he wrote ...
  • Craig
    Sep 21, 2011
    This book forms a trinity with Walter Kaufmann's two volumes of translations--The Portable Nietzsche and Basic Writings of Nietzsche--comprising the bulk of the philosopher's major works. This volume takes the form of an introduction, touching on Nietzsche's biography but primarily ser...
  • Ted
    Dec 19, 2011
    I have not read this book completely. In fact as far as I am certain, I have only read one chapter, that quite recently: chapter 6, ?The Discovery of the Will to Power?. Despite this, I have no doubt that the book deserves the rating I?ve given it, with no qualifications. I...
  • Hind
    Apr 23, 2014
    I give it three stars only because it was too in depth for what I was after. Kaufmann is great. His style is flawless and approach engaging. The book is perhaps more suited for someone looking to study Nietzsche on an academic level, rather than an amateur reading for fun level. ...
  • Arjun Ravichandran
    Aug 30, 2012
    Badly written, rambling introduction to this crucial thinker. Get "Nietzsche : A Guide for the Perplexed" instead for a readable introduction. ...
  • Philip Cartwright
    Dec 02, 2012
    An important and thought-provoking book for anyone wishing to get to grips with Nietzsche?s writings. Kaufmann does a good job of combating the various misleading interpretations which have dogged Nietzsche?s reputation over the years: that he was a proto-Nazi; a nihilist; a Social...
  • xDEAD ENDx
    Dec 07, 2012
    Absolutely great insight into Nietzsche's ideas. Kaufmann thoroughly debunks all the misreadings of Nietzsche throughout the years in a clear and straightforward way. We're left with a final evaluation of Nietzsche as an "antipolitical" thinker fully against all the racist garbage his ...
  • Kyle Sardonicus Amadeus Stanfield
    Jan 03, 2013
    While Kaufmann did a lot for translating Nietzsche to English, he's too full of himself and anything he translates is at least 50 liner notes of him masturbating at how he knows Nietzsche better than you. This book is essentially a glorification of that. ...
  • Gary Dorion
    Jan 07, 2013
    Walter Kaufmann seemed to have known Nietzsche probably better than Nietzsche knew himself. Having read nearly all of Nietzsche's books, I still found Kaufmann's books on Nietzsche extraordinarily insightful and believe that anyone would be hard pressed to find a more interesting and k...
  • William Schram
    May 23, 2018
    Walter Kaufmann?s Nietzsche conquered a massive hurdle; take the misunderstood philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and renew his image into that of a genius before his time. Kaufmann had a great deal against him; Nietzsche?s sister had controlled his image, and she was a horrible racis...
  • Eugéne
    Oct 01, 2013
    Doesn't get to the heart of Nietzsche's transvaluation paradox, i.e. Nietzsche as a moral philosopher is descriptive rather than prescriptive. He used a psychological determinist theory for the rise of one, or other, type of moral tendency, either indulgent or ascetic, but still offers...
  • Brent McCulley
    Feb 26, 2018
    Excellent. Kaufman was instrumental in reevaluating Nietzsche to Americans post WWII, and this text still stands on its own. A tome in its own right yet super readable and accessable if you have read and studied Nietzsche's corpus at any length. Would highly recommend if you are a read...
  • Austin
    Jun 03, 2019
    One of Kaufmann's stated goals for this book is to counter mis-interpretations of Nietzsche, some promoted by Nietzsche's sister and ultimately taken up by the Nazis. Kaufmann does this, citing numerous examples to show that Nietzsche was no anti-Semite and no fan of nationalism. But K...
  • Domhnall
    Apr 09, 2015
    I was attracted to this book by Kaufmann's lively and helpful footnotes in his Basic Writings of Nietzsche and I am not only a complete fan now of Nietzsche but also of Kaufmann. It is worth adding that Kaufmann is one writer where it is worth the effort of reading footnotes, some of w...
  • Andrew Olsen
    Apr 13, 2014
    A Necessary Portrait of a Misunderstood Figure This book by Walter Kaufmann is probably the most important book written about the life and works of Friedrich Nietzsche. To give credence to what Kaufmann has done up to this point a short history of his work is needed; he has tran...
  • Lizzy Matthew
    Jun 05, 2016
    Kaufman once again (I read his "Nietzsche- Gay Science") manages to systematize the main themes of Nietzsche's works and discusses various themes such as Nietzsche's dialectical style of writing; his opposition to Christianity as an institution, as a decadent system of morality; his av...
  • William2
    May 25, 2015
    Stellar. ...
  • Laura
    Feb 06, 2019
    This book has helped me quite a bit with interpreting Nietzche's works and provides a short compelling biography. ...
  • Countchaos666
    Nov 13, 2013
    This book has the reputation of being the "gold standard" of Nietzsche scholarship and after reading this book, that reputation has been rightfully earned. Kaufmann has done a couple of big things in this book. One, his sympathetic analysis is superb however, he does not let his sympat...