Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

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by: M. Tanner

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Superb introduction! Nietzsche's works are complex and unsystematic, his themes are many and sometimes mixed together without warning, and he changed his mind about some of his crucial early concepts and positions later on. All of that makes a short summary and evaluation a very difficult thing to pull off, but this book's author has done it better than perhaps anyone to date.


This book manages to be succinct w/o being boring or pedantic. Tanner's succinct and highly critical text encourage genuine philosophical grappling with our modern self-proclaimed Dionysus, who needs to be treated as a philosopher, not an idol or a god.

Nitpicking the low point of this book there's insufficient discussion of the abuses/mis-uses of Nietzsche by others, too short shrift to THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA, and an unhelpful final chapter of assessment. That out of the way, we can say that this book's merits outweigh these several flaws. We recommend that one read this volume before tackling Nietzsche's works directly.

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