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Nietzsche in 90 Minutes (Philosophers in 90 Minutes) [Paperback]

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Pages   85
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.03" Width: 5.11" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1996
Publisher   Ivan R. Dee, Publisher
ISBN  1566631211  
EAN  9781566631211  

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In Nietzsche in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Nietzsche's life and ideas, and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Nietzsche's work; a brief list of suggested reading for those who wish to push further; and chronologies that place Nietzsche within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

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Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character....I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one s friends to Western civilization. Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe. Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them....I find them hard to stop reading. Richard Bernstein, New York Times. Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise. Jim Holt, Wall Street Journal. These brief and enlightening explorations of our greatest thinkers bring their ideas to life in entertaining and accessible fashion. Philosophical thought is deciphered and made comprehensive and interesting to almost everyone. Far from being a novelty, each book is a highly refined appraisal of the philosopher and his work, authoritative and clearly presented."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Paul Strathern is author of the popular and critically acclaimed Philosophers in 90 Minutes series. Highlights from the series include Nietzsche in 90 Minutes, Aristotle in 90 Minutes, and Plato in 90 Minutes. Mr. Strathern has lectured in philosophy and mathematics and now lives and writes in London. A former Somerset Maugham prize winner, he is also the author of books on history and travel as well as five novels. His articles have appeared in a great many newspapers, including the Observer (London) and the Irish Times. His own degree in philosophy came from Trinity College, Dublin.

Paul Strathern currently resides in London. Paul Strathern was born in 1940.

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In the Age of Wiki, A Book More Worthless Than Ever  Apr 18, 2008
I can't find any value in a work like this - in this day and age, one can surf the web for 90 minutes and be far more enlightened than this.
Alot of the time I know am in the presence of someone who cannot stand the grandness of Nietzsche's vision - he relays this to the listener in tone and weasel words. The author doesn't like Nietzsche - which for a reader is worse than hating.

The rest of the time, one has the author makes it his job to apologize for the Nietzsche's excesses twisted by those who would willfully distort the racial philosophy, etc.

To the writer's credit? If you hate Nietzsche, you can use this to make yourself sound smarter in your argument with a Nietzsche-lover. If you haven't read him, you won't want to.

Doesn't Do Nietzsche Justice  Feb 22, 2006
Nietzsche in 90 minutes? This worthless attempt to present Friedrich Nietzsche's very profound and complex ideas in a concise form as a quick read for the reader utterly fails in every aspect! Paul Strathern only gives a very, very brief outline of Nietzsche's philosophy and a short biography of his life interspersed with numerous disparaging remarks about Nietzsche. One gets the idea that Paul Strathern thinks that Nietzsche was just a megalomaniacal joke who took himself too seriously. He writes off all of his philosophical works as "childish" and only understandable to teenagers. Although extremely easy to read, "Nietzsche in 90 Minutes" is an extremely depthless, shallow book that does not clarify or shed light on any of Nietzsche's ideas. For anyone that is interested in learning more about Friedrich Nietzsche: DON'T BUY THIS BOOK!!!!
The brilliance of Nietzsche and the distortion done to it  Mar 20, 2005
In this small work Strathern tells the story of the lonely life of Nietzsche. He also presents a brief introduction to his thought, analyzing and demolishing some of the key concepts such as 'Ubermensch- Superman' and ' the Eternal Return'. Nietzsche like so many of the great philosophers was orphaned as a child. In his case he lost his father and was raised by a household of women which perhaps explain one very ugly side of his thought, his misogyny. The famous aphorism about women loving to be beaten is truly a black mark on a thinker and person who most likely never beat anyone and in fact whose last sane act outside the loony bin was rushing to kiss in the street a horse that had just been beaten by its master. Strathern conjectures that Nietzsche's syphillis was contracted early and was responsible for the extraordinarily pain- filled life he led. He did not make it to a real love relationship , and his life after he left the university world was largely long walks by himself thinking.
Strathern tells the story of the Wagner connection well, and underlines Nietzsche's courage and integrity in breaking with the substitute- father who turned out to be a pathetically bogus half- rate thinker and vicious anti- Semite.
Nietzsche understand that systematic philosophy in the Kantian- Hegelian form was dead. His own brilliant works of aphorisms and apercus live in a way the monstrous systematic works do not. Nietzsche is without question one of the great literary stylists of the philosophers and perhaps the most supreme aphorist of all.
Strathern does not really go into a major theme of Nietzsche the whole re-evaluation of values, the whole effort to undermine Christian ethics and replace them with an aesthetic of hard demanding excellence and superior powers. Unfortunately the Nietzschean rhetoric is tainted by contempt and arrogance. And the total distortion of his thought wrought on it by his Nazi- sister and heir , and the Nazis themselves mean his misinterpretation contributed to the greatest crimes in human history. This is not a distinction any philosopher would want, and especially Nietzsche who by and large despised the anti- Semites of his own time.
The most famous of all of Nietzsche's remarks and parables is of course the 'God is dead' one. The famous graffiti reply,( " Nietzsche is dead" God) does reflect the truth that we are in a historical period in which return to religion , even fundamentalist religion has seemed to sweep the Nietzschean nay away.
As to the lasting significance of the thought of Nietzsche Strathern focuses on the ' will to power' as important contribution. About this I also have my doubts and it seems to me that Nietzsche's place is assured in the history of Western thought, in what might be called the genre of poetic thought- but that there is little of lasting value in the thought itself. But that is only one reader's judgment and certainly not a superhuman one or one that should be taken as if came from the voice of a would- be- prophet.
A few more minutes needed  Nov 10, 2004
The majority of this book gives a biographical sketch of his life and is well done, particularly in being against Anti-Semitism and his relation to Wagner. It is generally lighthearted (but I sure wouldn't agree that Dostoevsky and Hesse are unreadable unless you're a teenager). Perhaps a few more "minutes" could have been spent on his key philosophical concepts, with just 2 pages on "The Will To Power", and three on "The Superman". Since Nietzsche wrote in aphorisms he would seem to be ideal for an abbreviated work, but his ideas do not come through here. Readers of this may enjoy his short piece "The Madman". I think more post-WW II or post-modern treatment of Nietzsche would have been helpful. Favorite quote from the book "Beware of syphilitics preaching morals" - Saul Bellow, Herzog. A few quotes not included in the book:
"That which does not kill you makes you stronger".
"The time for petty politics is over: the very next century will bring the fight for dominion of the earth - the compulsion of large-scale politics".
"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you".
Fair Mini-Biography of Nietzsche  Aug 1, 2004
I bought this book because I wanted a brief biographical overview of Nietzsche. To this extent, the book was very pleasing. The large type and low number pages made it a very quick read (less than 90 minutes). It was worth purchasing (to me) for these points

A portion of the book is dedicated to a brief synopsis of Nietzsche's philosophy. I found this to be useless. I don't feel the coverage in this area was unbiased. There are a lot of points where the author offers his own opinions which are typically contradictory to Nietzsche. Having an opinion is fine but it doesn't belong in an overview text.

With all of this, it was worth reading for the mini-biography. Certainly, this won't be the only book you will need to read on Nietzsche if you are interested in learning about him. Aside from Nietzsche's own works Walter Kaufmann is a good area to start.

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