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my fav I only read Twilight of the Idols from this, but it was a blast Nietzsche called himself the master of the aphorism, even said no one would top him Typical Nietzschian bravado, posturing, verve and nuttiness with very little argument I loved it Great summer reading because it makes you want to be intoxicated with something, anything, especially yourself. FREE DOWNLOAD ⚈ Twilight of the Idols/The Antichrist/Ecce Homo ☸ Translated By Antony M Ludovici With An Introduction By Ray FurnessThe Three Works In This Collection, All Dating From Nietzsche S Last Lucid Months, Show Him At His Most Stimulating And Controversial The Portentous Utterances Of The Prophet Together With The Ill Defined Figure Of The Bermensch Are Forsaken, As Wit, Exuberance And Dazzling Insights Predominate, Forcing The Reader To Face Unpalatable Insights And To Rethink Every Commonly Accepted Truth Thinking With Nietzsche, In Jaspers Words, Means Holding One S Own Against Him, And We Are Indeed Refreshed And Challenged By The Vortex Of His Thoughts, By Concepts Which Test And ProbeIn The Twilight Of The Idols, The Antichrist, And Ecce Homo Nietzsche Writes At Breakneck Speed Of His Provenance, His Adversaries And His Hopes For Mankind The Books Are Largely Epigrammatic And Aphoristic, Allowing This Poet Philosopher To Bewilder And Fascinate Us With Their Strangeness And Their Daring He Who Fights With Monsters, Nietzsche Once Told Us, Should Look To It That He Himself Does Not Become One, And When You Gaze Long Into An Abyss, The Abyss Also Gazes Into You Reader, Beware The first interesting thing I discovered about Nietzsche is something I suspected when I read Beyond Good and Evil Nietzsche learnt much from La Rochefoucauld p viii And to start off with first principles, Nietzsche makes an interesting observation morality is a misrepresentation of certain phenomena, for there are no moral facts whatever p xi I have now come to terms with the idea of Dionysian chaos versus the Apollonian order Interestingly, this struck me last night at the Canberra Symphony Orchestra s performances of Prokofiev s Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, op 16 with acclaimed Australian pianist Tamara Anna Cislowska as the soloist , and Shostakovich s Symphony No 9 in E flat major, op 70 My friend and colleague, a sociologist, who invited us to the concert, has often spoken of these two opposing approaches But until now, I have been ignorant to the depth of meaning that is so readily missed when one s antennae are not properly directed And so, Nietzsche sees art as Dionysian It is amoral Christian art is an oxymoron, yet Islam is a virile religion, a religion for men Nietzsche sees Christianity and alcohol as the two great means of corruption p 160 A central message one of too many is that, where the will to power is lacking, degeneration sets in p 97 Nietzsche blames Saint Paul for destroying Rome, and Luther for destroying the Renaissance Well I never Kant perpetuated some of the decay, but Goethe, the antipodes of Kant, disciplined himself into a harmonious whole, he created himself p 81 Further, and while Nietzsche may well have predicted the World Wars, he may also have predicted the decay of our current institutions Nietzsche argued that we have forgotten the purpose of our institutions something that would seem apparent in my understanding of theories of institutional change , in effect, institutions require a sort of will, instinct, imperative, which cannot be otherwise than antiliberal to the point of wickedness the will to tradition, to authority, to responsibility for centuries to come, to solidarity in long family lines forwards and backwards in infinitum If this will is present, something is founded which resembles the imperium Romanum or Russia, the only great nation today that has some lasting grit in her.In speaking of first principles, Nietzsche appears as a Neo Con Fl neur p 72 yet he does not mince words First principle a man must need to be strong, otherwise he will never attain it those great forcing houses of the strong, of the strongest kind of men that have ever existed on earth, the aristocratic communities like those of Rome and Venice, understood freedom precisely as I understand the word as something that one has and one has not, as something that one will have and that one seizes by force.I can t pretend to know everything about Nietzsche, and I doubt I can commit to further study beyond a once reading of the majority of his work But something has changed in me as a result I will blog about Ecce Homo in a subsequent post, as I am reading it in a separate book with an easier to read type font, but from Nietzsche s autobiography, he arose from illness and, paradoxically, to return to it soon after to suffer no longer from ill luck nor guilt He is strong enough to make everything turn to his own advantage p 176 In this way, Nietzsche is much like Marcus Aurelius Amor Fati And no longer can my response be merely academic I feel a weight of centuries lifting, I see why our institutions are crumbling, I fear the solution will not be forthcoming until the next major crisis disrupts human society yet again I know that this will all be forgotten by future generations And so time will march on But Nietzsche does not leave me pessimistic, nor does he leave me disturbed as Viktor Frankl does He leaves me free Is this too dramatic Read what I have read and tell me I am all ears. An excellent collection of Nitezsche writings I opposed a lot of his views, but I respected his dialectical way of delivering his point of views This book will challenge you to think outside the box and see religion, philosophy, and human rhetoric in a new light It is definitely read worthy. I first heard of Nietzsche when a friend had to write an essay on his theories I researched one of his theories and was fascinated by his concept of the world being metaphysical and that how we perceive the world may not actually be how it exists in terms of planes However the works described within these pages are nothing akin to a theory such as this These works are simply opinion based descriptions of how Nietzsche believed himself to be above everyone else I wonder if these delusions of grandeur were symptoms of something else as most of his presumptions are unfounded I found it quite prattling as a whole as Nietzsche spends so much time trying to persuade the reader that religion is founded on the lies and corruption of men I accept that at the time of his writings that it would be the same as trying to persuade people the Earth was not flat and so the prattling can be justified However it is not fitting for a contemporary reader who already shares these views Twilight of the Idols did have the odd quote of merit but the drudgery of the latter sections pales this into insignificance. I loved the structure, ideas and arguments in the first two books of this collection I think I would have given them individually five stars, but Ecce Homo let s them down E H reads like the liner notes to a greatest hits collection I understand why it was included in the collection last lucid works but based on substance, it probably would be better suited in a collection of essays and pamphlets But for anyone who has never read Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols is a fantastic romp. These three short books are the last works Friedrich Nietzsche wrote before he flung himself around the neck of a horse, proclaimed it a saint, and collapsed The rest of his life he spent, paralysed, in bed, while being cared for by his sister This makes all three works, which he wrote within one year 1888 a peculiar collection historically and from a philosophical point of view Students of Nietzsche have claimed time and again that one can already see the signs of his coming demise in these three works This is the same pseudo psychologism as claiming one could already see Stalin s reign of terror in the way he played with his fellow classmates when he was a child With hindsight, everything is explainable Anyway, the works themseves vary in quality and attractiveness G tzend mmerung, or Twilight of the Idols, is the first and most interesting work Nietzsche claims he philosophizes with a hammer and with it, he smashes Socrates, Plato and Christianity in thousands of pieces Socrates was the first decadent philosopher, the one who destroyed thinking for millennia Why Because he, and especially Plato, fled from this world into an imaginary world, a perfect world of Ideas Christianity took this to a whole new level with its New Testament, fleeing from this life into an afterlife Plato destroyed Hellenic superiority Christianity destroyed Judaism, as practiced by the superior Kings of old As far as Judaism was practiced in a priestly way, it was as servile and weak as Plato s philosophy and Christianity.Christianity tamed the blond beast , according to Nietzsche It has created a sick man, who revels in weakness and victimhood For him, it is time to leave this sick morality of the victim behind us, and give ourselves up to the Will to power that rests in each of us What this means, is basically to live your own life, to determine who you are with your own decisions and actions Nietzsche s existentialism is an ethic of strength, health and action, as opposed to the herd mentality of the religious and the socialists He calls this the Dionysian life a life full of vigour and passions, lived to the fullest Anyway, after dispelling with 1 Socratic and Platonic Hintlerweltlerei i.e the positing of a better, imaginary world behind this real world , 2 Kant s perversion of this other world his Welt an sich , as opposed to the Anschauungswelt 3 and Schopenhauer s extension of Kant Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung , Nietzsche decides in Der Antichrist to mount a full frontal assault on Christianity He destroys the origins and morality of both Judaism and Christianity In essence, both religions are dominated by priests, who prey on the weak to subvert morality Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity see in the meek the heroes, while promising eternal punishment in the afterlife to the strong Nietzsche doesn t seem to hold back he utterly degrades Christianity as a moral code But not only this, we modern man, decadent man have destroyed God through science and philosophy We have dismantled Christianity, but the Christian slave morality is still dominating, albeit in a much nihilistic fashion Mankind hasn t realized yet as of writing, 1888 what he has accomplished the next 200 years will be a struggle for Mankind to come to grips with the death of God and the nihilism that remains Der Antichrist is interesting from a religious perspective, in that it offers a unique insight into the son of a Lutheran priest gone wild Especially interesting is his thesis that Judaism accomplished the denaturalization of man the eradication of all natural influences and the retreat into the spirit One can see here the development of Western thinking, and its reaction Science from Descartes onwards Nevertheless, it becomes a bit tiring after a while Nietzsche s style of prose, unfortunately, isn t the best suited for a long treatise on religious criticismWith Ecce Homo or, Behold here, Man the trilogy comes to a close In this little work, Nietzsche tries to paint a picture of himself, through his own eyes Although the earlier two works were both difficult to follow and seemed to border on the insane if not for the fact that Nietzsche already proclaimed these doctrines in his earlier works , Ecce Homo seems to be to be uninterpretable.Nietzsche starts of by describing how his dead father and his living mother influenced him to be a decadent, but at the same time a very un decadent philosopher Then he explains all his suffering digestion problems, blindness, depressions, etc and after this, he goes into detailed analysis and review of all his earlier books Since I haven t read all of his earlier works just Morgenr te, Zur Genealogie der Moral, G tzend mmerung and Der Antichrist , I cannot really say anything useful about these parts of the book He ends the book with, once , a critique on the slave morality of Christianity and signs off with Dionysus versus the Crucified At this point in his career as a philosopher of culture because that was what Nietzsche in essence was he had uncovered the germ that causes the sick society he saw around him The Christian slave morality and the death of God through science, had tamed the blonde beasts In this sense, it is interesting to note that G tzend mmerung Twilight of the Idols was originally intended to be the first part of a larger work, Der Umwertung aller Werte the transvaluation of all values Nietzsche saw it as his task to, after destroying the slave morality, offer us new guidelines to a supreme morality Anyway, shortly after he succumbed to psychotic attacks and spend the rest of his days, until 1900, as a paralyzed patient suffering from strokes and nervous breakdowns The life of Nietzsche is a strange one, also a tragic one It is the life of a sick and lonely man, who grew up in a religious context but looked down on these dogmatic delusions, and who resented the world around him His obsession with strength, courage, action and determining one s own life seems to stem from his own shortcomings as a human being His crusade against weakness and resentment seems in reality to be a deep seated self hatred But I will not continue my pseudo psychologizing of Nietzsche it s just that his life and his circumstances almost seem to beg for the obvious remark that his philosophy was his own version of Idealism in the Platonic sense Is this collection of Nietzsche s last three works worth reading WellI don t think one can get anything from it if one is unfamiliar with some of Nietzsche s earlier works And even then, Nietzsche is a very peculiar taste in literature I personally don t like his style of prose, at all So read it, or maybe not This review is for Twilight of the Idols and Ecce Homo. See my previous review of The Anti Christ here is utterly brilliant, and it doesn t take a skilled philosopher to realize this In fact, most trained philosophers of the 21st century don t take Nietzsche seriously precisely because he was not a logician, or a systematic philosopher in any sense of the word On the contrary, Nietzsche was a self proclaimed disciple of Dionysus the first immoralist, psychologist, and Antichrist, he did not utilize propositional logic, nay he wrote in thunderbolts with flashes of divine inspiration of lightning artistic ecstasy, and the will to power, the yea to life in a Dionysean orgaism This is Nietzsche the prophet, not just Nietzsche the philosopher or philologist.It is in the spirit of the aforesaid that Nietzsche wrote Twilight and Ecce during his later years previous to his breakdown Twilight of the Idols is a brilliant piece wherein Nietzsche discusses things from the problem of Socrates, seeing Socratic reason and virtue, and also Plato s idealism and forms, as wholly opposite of what the true Greek spirit stood for Nietzsche ruminates on a lot of what he put forth in The Birth of Tragedy see my review here but he is here concise and candid.Nietzsche further discusses the problems with the Germans, and rages pretty hard against nationalism, German culture or lack thereof, and German idealism Nietzsche hates Kant as much as he hates Plato and Socrates, among others like Hegel and his ridiculous system In short, Twilight is Nietzsche s harbinger against all idols which he defines as any idealism that takes away from the apparent world which is the real world, and such a real world as postulated by the Christians, Kantians or can t ians as Nietzsche jested is wholly a figment of projecting decadent morality to an ontological maximum, something unfounded and unwarranted given our natural Dionysian instincts of sensuality and power and the senses, which is all humans have, and hence the truly strong willed must yield to their Dionysian nature To hell with the Christian trick of free will and consequent sin, remorse, and guilt a grand trick by the priests and semi priests of old, the weak and decadent Ecce Homo is Nietzsche s lucid thoughts concerning his life s work thitherto in his early forties He recounts a lot of interesting personal notes one would not understand unless they were well acquainted with his works and life Nietzsche also has, again, a nice diatribe against the Germans, and seems to want to exonerate his blood by trying to convince his readers he is mostly Polish anyway To be sure, as much as Nietzsche was read and taught during his lifetime from Russia and Denmark to France and America, he was scarcely mentioned in his own native country, Germany.In short, a great collection of Nietzschean thought, and as always, Nietzsche is dynamite with his aphorisms and maxims, but one needs to make sure that they are adept in Nietzschean hermeneutics, lest they wrestle the intended meaning of out of his wry and clever maxims.