Twilight of the Idols

Author(s): Friedrich Nietzsche; R. J. Hollingdale (Translator, Introduction by); Michael Tanner (Editor, Foreword by, Introduction by)

Philosophy

'One must be superior to mankind in force, in loftiness of soul--in contempt'


In these two devastating works, Nietzsche offers a sustained and often vitriolic attack on the morality and the beliefs of his time, in particular those of Hegel, Kant and Schopenhaur. Twilight of the Idols is a 'grand declaration of war' on reason, psychology and theology that combines highly charged personal attacks on his contemporaries with a lightning tour of his own philosophy. It also paves the way for The Anti-Christ, Nietzche's final assault on institutional Christianity, in which he identifies himself with the 'Dionysian' artist and confronts Christ; the only opponent he feels worthy of him.


In his introduction Michael Tanner discussed the themes of Nietzche's argument and places the works in their historical and philosophical context.

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Frederich Nietzsche was born in Leipzig in 1844, the son of a Lutheran clergyman. At the age of twenty-four he became the chair of classical philology at Basel University until his bad health forced him to retire in 1879. He divorced himself from society until his final collapse in 1899 when he became insane. He died in 1900. M. Tanner is Lecturer in Philosophy at Cambridge. R.J. Hollingdale has translated eleven of Nietzsche's books and published two books about him.

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  • : 9780140445145
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : 0.17
  • : February 1990
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 13mm
  • : books

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