What are the best books to start with Nietzsche?

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    #1Beyond Good and Evil

    Beyond Good and Evil

    Beyond Good and Evil is a German book written by Frederich Nietzsche and was translated by R.J. Hollingdale. In this book, Nietzsche expanded his idea with a more critical approach in morality and metaphysics. 

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    Jordan Oliver
    Written on April 6, 2017
    "Friedrich Nietzsche dealt a lot in the concepts of good and evil and how they effect our society and the book based on his writings called Beyond Good and Evil gives you great insight into how he thought and what his thought process was. It doesn't just tell you what makes something good or what makes something evil inherently, but it goes into why society has grouped things in this way. It ties into his entire philosophy and helps you to better understand his mindset when he talks about different things effecting society. "
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    #2The Gay Science

    The Gay Science
    Nietzsche wrote The Gay Science, which he later described as 'perhaps my most personal book', when he was at the height of his intellectual powers, and the reader will find in it an extensive and sophisticated treatment of the philosophical themes and views which were most central to Nietzsche's own thought and which have been most influential on later thinkers.
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    Christian Davis
    Written on March 24, 2017
    "The Gay Science, which is an interesting book and comes in a variety of methods to read. It comes in hard cover and paper back and of course digital. this book is quite interesting and if you enjoy philospjy you will enjoy this author. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Nietzsche"
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    #3Genealogy of Morals

    Genealogy of Morals
    Written in response to a book on the origins of morality by his erstwhile friend Paul Rée, the three essays comprising The Genealogy of Morals - all three advancing the critique of Christian morality set forth in Beyond Good and Evil - are among Nietzsche's most sustained and cohesive work.
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    Kyle Wade
    Written on April 3, 2017
    "This is one of the best books to start out with when you are trying to gauge how Friedrich Nietzsche saw the world. It deals heavily in morals and Nietzshe looks at the linguistics of worlds that we are familiar with such as good and evil as well as how position and power effect how we view morals in what he calls the master and slave morality. When it comes to guilt and why it effects us the way that it does Nietzshe explores that in new and interesting ways. Each essay gives you great insight and helps you to better understand Friedrich in ways that many other books on him don't."
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    #4Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist

    Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist
    This classic is the benchmark against which all modern books about Nietzsche are measured. Responding to the powerful myths and countermyths that had sprung up around Nietzsche, Kaufmann offered a patient, evenhanded account of his life and works, and of the uses and abuses to which subsequent generations had put his ideas.
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    George Sanders
    Written on January 30, 2017
    "Amazon reviewers give Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist 4.5 stars! You can pick it up brand new, download or buy brand new. Nietzsche is a must for anyone in a Philosophy or Psychology class in college. "
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    #5Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography

    Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography
    A look at the life and work of the influential philosopher reveals his anguished existence and assesses the philosophical connotations of his morality, religion, and art.
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    Bryan Burke
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "I took a college philosophy class and loved the introduction to Nietzsche, but found myself wanting more- the man is fascinating! I picked up this biography and couldn't put it down. Biographies aren't usually stay-up-all-night page turners, but this one was the exception! Great information, intriguing and little-know details, and a story-teller feel all make this a must-read. Do yourself a favor and get this book!"
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    #6A Nietzsche Reader, selected by Hollingdale

    A Nietzsche Reader, selected by Hollingdale
    The literary career of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) spanned less than twenty years, but no area of intellectual inquiry was left untouched by his iconoclastic genius. Whether addressing conventional Western philosophy or breaking new ground, Nietzsche vastly extended the boundaries of nineteenth-century thought.
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    José Guadalupe León
    Written on March 10, 2017
    "I knew a lot of different philosophers thanks to my time in college, but I did not know a lot about Friedrich Nietzsche due to the limited amount of time in class. I had been searching for books on Feiedrich Nietzsche and had little luck with it until I came across a book entitled "A Nietzsche Reader". This book spans his entire intellectual career and talks about his mindset and his views through each step of his philosophical career by looking at each of his prominent works. This book also goes into great detail about his impact on the time period and his influence on other philosophers of his day. "
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    #7Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

    Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction
    Michael Tanner's introduction to the philosopher's life and work examines the numerous ambiguities inherent in his writings and explodes many of the misconceptions that have grown in the hundred years since Nietzsche wrote "do not, above all, confound me with what I am not!"
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    David Ortiz
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "I have a course coming up next semester that covers Nietzsche, so I wanted to get a head start. I decided to check out this series as an introduction to this area of philosophy. It seems like a good primer, and I feel prepared to study more in depth at my university."
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    #8Introducing Nietzsche: A Graphic Guide

    Introducing Nietzsche: A Graphic Guide
    Why must we believe that God is dead? Can we accept that traditional morality is just a 'useful mistake'? Did the principle of 'the will to power' lead to the Holocaust? What are the limitations of scientific knowledge? Is human evolution complete or only beginning? "Introducing Nietzsche" is the perfect guide to this exhilarating and oft-misunderstood philosopher.
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    Ronald Herrera
    Written on April 19, 2017
    " While looking for books about some of the most well known philosophers I came across Introducing Nietzsche: A Graphic Guide. This book and its illustrations gave me a clearer picture of Nietzsche and his school of thought. The book was quick to read and made complex philosophical concepts easier to understand."

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Best What are the best books to start with Nietzsche
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Beyond Good and EvilBooks 13 Paid
2The Gay ScienceBooks 13 Paid
3Genealogy of MoralsBooks 10 Paid
4Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, AntichristBooks 8 Paid
5Nietzsche: A Philosophical BiographyBooks 5 Paid
6A Nietzsche Reader, selected by HollingdaleBooks 4 Paid
7Nietzsche: A Very Short IntroductionBooks 2 Paid
8Introducing Nietzsche: A Graphic GuideBooks 1 Paid
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