Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Nietzsche was with little doubt the most intensely personal egotistically subjective and fearlessly provocative thinker the Western world has yet seen The protean diversity of his affirm

Friedrich Nietzsche was, with little doubt, the most intensely personal, egotistically subjective, and fearlessly provocative thinker the Western world has yet seen The protean diversity of his affirmations make him one of the most seminal and influential of modern philosophers, yet his often paradoxical statements can be properly understood only within the context of hisFriedrich Nietzsche was, with little doubt, the most intensely personal, egotistically subjective, and fearlessly provocative thinker the Western world has yet seen The protean diversity of his affirmations make him one of the most seminal and influential of modern philosophers, yet his often paradoxical statements can be properly understood only within the context of his restless, almost nomadic life Curtis Cate s new biography, written for the layperson rather than the academic, goes far towards clarifying Nietzsche s ideas and the reactions they elicited The author does equal justice to the musical as well as philosophical influences to which Nietzshe was subjected, the subtle workings of his incomparable mind, and the acute physical suffering he combated from his adolescence until his final mental collapse of January 1889 Cutting through the academic jargon and complexities to clear away stereotypical prejudices that have accumulated around Nietszche s name, Cate reveals a Nietzsche whose ideas continue to have prophetic relevance and incredible vibrancy today.

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  1. American biographer who chronicled the lives of several well known European writers, among them Nietzsche, George Sand, and Andr Malraux Cate was born in Paris in 1924 to transplanted American parents He died of melanoma in Paris, France, where he had lived for most of his life, on November 16, 2006.Curtis Wilson Cate was born in Paris on May 22, 1924, to transplanted American parents From 1943 to 1946, he served in Europe with the United States Army.Mr Cate earned a bachelor s degree in history from Harvard in 1947 This was followed by a master s degree in Russian from the cole des Langues Orientales in Paris and a master s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford.In 1954, Mr Cate joined the staff of The Atlantic Monthly he was the magazine s European editor from 1958 to 1966 His writing also appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review and elsewhere.Mr Cate s wife, the former Helena Bajanova, died in 2002.Among Mr Cate s other books are Antoine de Saint Exup ry Putnam, 1970 George Sand Houghton Mifflin, 1975 The Ides of August The Berlin Wall Crisis, 1961 M Evans, 1978 The War of the Two Emperors The Duel Between Napoleon and Alexander Random House, 1985 and Andr Malraux Hutchinson, 1995.He also wrote My Road to Opera The Recollections of Boris Goldovsky Houghton Mifflin, 1979 , an as told to autobiography of the opera impresario.

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  1. Knowing little about the life of Nietzsche before reading this book beyond a few sordid rumors and mysteries that are not exactly proven or dispelled here , I m glad I took the time I ve read critiques of the work because of how much time it takes with Nietzche s philosophy, but I was glad to have that development of thought laid side by side with the unfolding of his life.The two things I found odd about the book were in cinematic terms the sudden extreme close ups we d get of very specific tra [...]


  2. Nietzsche s philosophy feels very alien to me Consequently, I am not confident that I am getting everything he intends But it seems to me that his descriptions of the world and his moral judgments are based so on his aesthetics than on any sense of what s true or what s right For example, he rejects Christianity, but not because he thinks that Christianity is untrue Rather, he thinks Christianity has lost its vigor and grown effete He thinks we can invent beautiful and compelling myths than th [...]


  3. An excellent biography, although I am not sure it is worth the extra time it will take you when you could read the Safranski biography instead I think Safranski s book is better on the philosophy whilst the Cate biography is much better at explaining Nietzsche s life The only problem is that there is too much detail at times and a lot of focus on minor issues Other times I have to say that Cate s prose can get a bit whimsical he keeps muttering asides and making tenuous links with Nietzsche s th [...]


  4. This biography helped me take a fresh look at Nietzche Few who get upset with him for the God is dead thing realize that he was a pastor s child who witnessed his Father die as a young adolescent and his family had to be totally dependent upon others for their sustenance For someone who spoke about a will to power it seemed that he was often powerless, ill, depressed, manipulated and thrown about the world One can see how he develops a both the positive of his system the sniffing out of hypocris [...]


  5. Too much and not enough Although the last quarter or third of this book was worthwhile, with excellent chapters on Zarathustra and On The Genealogy of Morals and very good passages on Twilight of the Idols and The Anti Christian, much of the book seems bogged down in repetitive details, especially concerning N s headaches and nausea At 650 dense pages, with notes, it s hard to stick with to the good parts toward the end It did give me new insights, into Lou Salom for instance and details of her [...]


  6. This big fat friendly biography of Nietzsche is great bedtime reading Cate doesn t attempt to compete with the legion of learned commentators on Nietzsche s notoriously elusive philosophy Instead he concentrates on the all too human suffering of the man, which only made me appreciate his genius and mourn his collapse all the Despite its length, I found it far entertaining and informative than Hollingdale s standard biography.


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