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Summary

Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Nietzsche in just one hour.

Philosophy has always been dangerous for philosophers; Friedrich Nietzsche made it dangerous for everyone. His ideas presaged a collective madness which was to ravage Europe throughout the first half of the 20th century, drawing a chilling parallel with the insanity that gripped Nietzsche towards the end of his life. His philosophy is one of aphorisms and penetrating psychological insights, his major concept being the Will to Power - a notion that he saw as the basic impulse for all our acts. Viewing Christianity as a subtle perversion of this concept Nietzsche is famous for his pronouncement that ‘God is dead’.

This audiobook is an expert account of Nietzsche’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written - and is above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Nietzsche’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Nietzsche in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

©2012 Paul Strathern (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Disappointed

Keeble is one of the best readers on audible. I was disappointed with this book as it is really a lightweight biography with a few of Nietzsche's epigrams at the end. I was hoping for an overview f the philosophic ideas. In this respect it is far too lightweight in my opinion. I learned a lot more from In Our Time on Radio 4 - who ch is s U.K. intellectual chat show.

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Good for understanding who he was

Not so good for understanding his philosophy as only the last 20 minutes gives you a breakdown of his philosophies and it goes very quickly I might add. The rest of the book details he movements from place to place, his odd obsessions and desires and relationships with those around him. It is all relevant but is is more of a biography than an exploration of his work. Still worth a listen to get an introduction by all means 👌🏾

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  • 04-03-16

Skips

Maybe it was just my phone but it skipped a lot making it an incoherent listen. The content I actually heard was good.

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Poor story

The text pays too much attention to Nietzche's personal life at the expense of his thought. The easiest way to devalue someone is to look into their private affairs. I am not interested in his romantic attachments. I would prefer to hear more about his ideas and intellectual contributions. The same critique goes to many other books in the series - Marx etc. What is the point in jumping into those people's beds? Other than that, it is very well narrated and well presented. An easy listen for many people.

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  • 08-04-18

Nietzsche

It was a balanced view which sought to put right some historical mistakes, but was too fleeting to be insightful. Will need to look elsewhere for a better review

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Great introduction

Perfect for anyone who is interested in the broad method of thought of this hugely misunderstood philosopher.

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good way to get the broardstrokes

having got the background on this author I wouldn't read his works. Nietzsches life work was for it's time groundbreaking but as this " philosophy in an hour" points out in his works. ..there is no method and no real practical application. I'm sure if Nietzsche was here today as a young man he would not have written what he has...but if your a Nietzsche fan...disregard my comment. As for the narrator. ...8 out of 10.

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