16 BEST FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE BOOKS

Painting of Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche Books: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, writer, and philologist whose work has exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history. He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. We hope that you enjoy our list of the best Friedrich Nietzsche Books.

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Beyond Good and Evil Dec 28, 2020 by Friedrich Nietzsche

A caustic criticism of nearly every philosophic predecessor and a challenge of traditionally held views on right and wrong, Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil paved the way for modern philosophical thought. Through nearly three hundred transformative aphorisms, Nietzsche presents a worldview in which neither truth nor morality are absolutes, and where good and evil are not opposites but counterparts that stem from the same desires.

Beyond Good and Evil was a foundational text for early twentieth-century thinkers, including philosophers, psychologists, novelists, and playwrights. Today’s readers will delight in Nietzsche’s pithy wit and irony while gaining a deeper understanding of his core ideology.

Basic Writings of Nietzsche (Modern Library Classics) Feb 23, 2011 by Friedrich Nietzsche , Walter Kaufmann

One hundred years after his death, Friedrich Nietzsche remains the most influential philosopher of the modern era. Basic Writings of Nietzsche gathers the complete texts of five of Nietzsche’s most important works, from his first book to his last: The Birth of Tragedy, Beyond Good and Evil, On the Genealogy of Morals, The Case of Wagner, and Ecce Homo. Edited and translated by the great Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann, this volume also features seventy-five aphorisms, selections from Nietzsche’s correspondence, and variants from drafts for Ecce Homo. It is a definitive guide to the full range of Nietzsche’s thought.

Beyond Good and Evil (AmazonClassics Edition) Nov 7, 2017 by Friedrich Nietzsche

A caustic criticism of nearly every philosophic predecessor and a challenge of traditionally held views on right and wrong, Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil paved the way for modern philosophical thought. Through nearly three hundred transformative aphorisms, Nietzsche presents a worldview in which neither truth nor morality are absolutes, and where good and evil are not opposites but counterparts that stem from the same desires.

Beyond Good and Evil was a foundational text for early twentieth-century thinkers, including philosophers, psychologists, novelists, and playwrights. Today’s readers will delight in Nietzsche’s pithy wit and irony while gaining a deeper understanding of his core ideology.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra Feb 28, 1974 by Friedrich Nietzsche , R. J. Hollingdale


Nietzsche was one of the most revolutionary thinkers in Western philosophy, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra remains his most influential work. It describes how the ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra descends from his solitude in the mountains to tell the world that God is dead and that the Superman, the human embodiment of divinity, is his successor. With blazing intensity, Nietzsche argues that the meaning of existence is not to be found in religious pieties or meek submission, but in an all-powerful life force: passionate, chaotic and free.

Delphi Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche (Illustrated) (Series Five Book 24) Jun 24, 2015 by Friedrich Nietzsche

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche became one of the most influential thinkers of the nineteenth century, whose attempts to unmask the motives that underlie traditional Western religion, morality and philosophy would deeply affect generations of philosophers, psychologists and authors. This comprehensive eBook presents Nietzsche’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Nietzsche’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL the published books, with individual contents tables
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original German texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Includes rare translations of Nietzsche’s poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Includes Nietzsche’s rare autobiography ‘Ecce Homo’
* Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Nietzsche’s contribution to modern thought
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

The Portable Nietzsche (Portable Library) Jan 27, 1977 by Friedrich Nietzsche , Walter Kaufmann

The works of Friedrich Nietzsche have fascinated readers around the world ever since the publication of his first book more than a hundred years ago. As Walter Kaufmann, one of the world’s leading authorities on Nietzsche, notes in his introduction, “Few writers in any age were so full of ideas,” and few writers have been so consistently misinterpreted. The Portable Nietzsche includes Kaufmann’s definitive translations of the complete and unabridged texts of Nietzsche’s four major works: Twilight of the Idols, The Antichrist, Nietzsche Contra Wagner and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. In addition, Kaufmann brings together selections from his other books, notes, and letters, to give a full picture of Nietzsche’s development, versatility, and inexhaustibility. “In this volume, one may very conveniently have a rich review of one of the most sensitive, passionate, and misunderstood writers in Western, or any, literature.” —Newsweek

The Anti-Christ Dec 27, 2005 by Friedrich Nietzsche , H. L. Mencken

The Christian concept of a god-the god as the patron of the sick, the god as a spinner of cobwebs, the god as a spirit-is one of the most corrupt concepts that has ever been set up in the world… In him nothingness is deified, and the will to nothingness is made holySee Sharp Press; Tuscon, AZ -from The Anti-Christ He’s one of the most debated thinkers of the 19th century: Nietzsche and his works have been by turns vilified, lauded, and subjected to numerous contradictory interpretations, and yet he remains a figure of profound import, and his works a necessary component of a well-rounded education. The Anti-Christ, first published in German in 1895, is absolutely vital to any meaningful understanding of Nietzsche the man and Nietzsche the philosopher. An insightful and entertaining indictment of Christianity, it has enraged and inspired generations of readers, and this 1920 translation, by H. L. Mencken, considered the best available, is almost as controversial as the work itself, highlighting the darkest side of Mencken’s cynicism. Also available from Cosimo Classics: Nietzsche’s The Use and Abuse of History.

The Birth of Tragedy: Out of the Spirit of Music (Penguin Classics) Nov 27, 2003 by Friedrich Nietzsche , Michael Tanner

Nietzsche’s first published book, The Birth of Tragedy is a compelling argument for the necessity of art in life

This landmark work of criticism is fuelled by Nietzsche’s enthusiasms for Greek tragedy, the philosophy of Schopenhauer and the music of Wagner, to whom the book was dedicated. Nietzsche outlined a distinction between two central forces in art: the Apolline, representing beauty and order, and the Dionysiac, a primal or ecstatic reaction to the sublime. He believed the combination of these states produced the highest forms of music and tragic drama, which not only reveal the truth about suffering in life, but also provide a consolation for it. Impassioned and exhilarating in its conviction, The Birth of Tragedy has become a key text in European culture.

Translated by Shaun Whiteside
Edited by Michael Tanner

The Gay Science: With a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs Aug 18, 2010 by Friedrich Nietzsche , Walter Kaufmann

Nietzsche called The Gay Science “the most personal of all my books.” It was here that he first proclaimed the death of God—to which a large part of the book is devoted—and his doctrine of the eternal recurrence.

Walter Kaufmann’s commentary, with its many quotations from previously untranslated letters, brings to life Nietzsche as a human being and illuminates his philosophy. The book contains some of Nietzsche’s most sustained discussions of art and morality, knowledge and truth, the intellectual conscience and the origin of logic.

Most of the book was written just before Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the last part five years later, after Beyond Good and Evil. We encounter Zarathustra in these pages as well as many of Nietzsche’s most interesting philosophical ideas and the largest collection of his own poetry that he himself ever published.

Works of Friedrich Nietzsche (8 books) (Illustrated) Aug 16, 2009 by Friedrich Nietzsche

Illustrated with 10 unique illustrations.

The Antichrist
Beyond Good and Evil
The Case Of Wagner, Nietzsche Contra Wagner, and Selected Aphorisms
Homer and Classical Philology
On the Future of our Educational Institutions
Thoughts out of Season (Part One)
Thus Spake Zarathustra
We Philologists, Volume 8

Thus Spake Zarathustra [with Biographical Introduction] Mar 30, 2004 by Friedrich Nietzsche , Thomas Common

“Thus Spake Zarathustra” is the fictional account of the travels and teachings of Zarathustra, known also as Zoraster, the Persian prophet and founder of Zoroastrianism. What Nietzsche is portraying here is a new or different Zarathustra though, one with a morality alternate to that of the traditional. Utilizing a unique and experimental style, “Thus Spake Zarathustra” contains the famous Nietzsche phrase “God is dead” and is one of Nietzsche’s classic philosophical works.

On the Genealogy of Morals: A Polemic (Penguin Classics) Nov 7, 2013 by Friedrich Nietzsche , Robert C. Holub

Nietzsche claimed that the purpose of The Genealogy of Morals was to call attention to his previous writings. But in fact the book does much more than that, elucidating and expanding on the cryptic aphorisms of Beyond Good and Evil and signalling a return to the essay form. In these three essays, Nietzsche considers the development of ideas of ‘good’ and ‘evil’; explores notions of guilt and bad consience; and discusses ascetic ideals and the purpose of the philosopher. Together, they form a coherent and complex discussion of morality in a work that is more accessible than some of Nietzsche’s previous writings.

On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo Apr 19, 2010 by Friedrich Nietzsche , Walter Kaufmann

The great philosopher’s major work on ethics, along with Ecce Homo, Nietzche’s remarkable review of his life and works. On the Genealogy of Morals (1887) shows him using philsophy, psychology, and classical philology in an effort to give new direction to an ancient discipline.
The work consists of three essays.  The first contrasts master morality and slave morality and indicates how the term “good” has widely different meanings in each.  The second inquiry deals with guilt and the bad conscience; the third with ascetic ideals—not only in religion but also in the academy.  
   Ecce Homo, written in 1898 and first published posthumously in 1908, is Nietzsche’s review of his life and works.  It contains chapters on all the books he himself published. His interpretations are as fascinating as they are invaluable.  Nothing Nietzsche wrote is more stunning stylistically or as a human document.
    Walter Kaufmann’s masterful translations are faithful of the word and spirit of Nietzsche, and his running footnote commentaries on both books are more comprehensive than those in his other Nietzsche translations because these tow works have been so widely misunderstood.

The Will to Power (Penguin Classics) Jan 19, 2018 by Friedrich Nietzsche , Michael A. Scarpitti

The will to power is a prominent concept in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. The will to power describes what Nietzsche may have believed to be the main driving force in humans – achievement, ambition, and the striving to reach the highest possible position in life. These are all manifestations of the will to power; however, the concept was never systematically defined in Nietzsche’s work, leaving its interpretation open to debate.

Early Greek Philosophy & Other Essays Dec 21, 2020 by Friedrich Nietzsche

The essays contained in this volume treat of various subjects. With the exception of perhaps one we must consider all these papers as fragments. Written during the early Seventies, and intended mostly as prefaces, they are extremely interesting, since traces of Nietzsche’s later tenets—like Slave and Master morality, the Superman—can be found everywhere. But they are also very valuable on account of the young philosopher’s daring and able handling of difficult and abstruse subjects. “Truth and Falsity,” and “The Greek Woman” are probably the two essays which will prove most attractive to the average reader.

On the Genealogy of Morality (Hackett Classics) Oct 1, 1998 by Friedrich Nietzsche , Maudemarie Clark

This new edition is the product of a collaboration between a Germanist and a philosopher who is also a Nietzsche scholar. The translation strives not only to communicate a sense of Nietzsche’s style but also to convey his meaning accurately—and thus to be an important advance on previous translations of this work. A superb set of notes ensures that Clark and Swensen’s Genealogy will become the new edition of choice for classroom use.

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