Thus Spake Zarathustra
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This astonishing series of aphorisms, put into the mouth of the Persian sage Zarathustra, or Zoroaster, contains the kernel of Nietzsche's thought. 'God is dead', he tells us. Christianity is decadent, leading mankind into a slave morality concerned not with this life, but with the next. Nietzsche emphasises the Ubermensch, or Superman, whose will to power makes him the creator of a new heroic mentality. The intensely felt ideas are expressed in prose-poetry of indefinable beauty. Though misused by the German National Socialist party as a spurious justification of their creed, the book also had a profound influence on early twentieth century writers such as Shaw, Mann, Gide, Lawrence and Sartre. Translated by Thomas Common with an Introduction by Nicholas Davey AUTHOR: When the German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 - 1900) lapsed into insanity in 1889, he had little conception of the fame and controversy his works would come to attract. Initially influential on writers such as George Bernard Shaw and Thomas Mann, his ideas would be misappropriated by the Nazis in the 1930s to support their policies on anti-Semitism, nationalism and warfare. It would be some years, and with the benefit of better translations, before his works would become more properly evaluated.
Wayne (English, Edison College, Fort Myers) emphasizes the word play in German philosopher Nietzsche's (1844-1900) famous and famously difficult treatise. He also preserves the rough edges that many previous translators have sought to file down. He does not provide notes or an index. Annotation (c)
'The profoundest book there is, born from the innermost richness of truth, an inexhaustible well into which no bucket descends without coming up with gold and goodness.'Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1885) was Nietzsche's own favourite among all his books and has proved to be his most popular, having sold millions of copies in many different languages. In it he addresses the problem of how to live a fulfilling life in a world without meaning, in the aftermath of 'thedeath of God'. Nietzsche's solution lies in the idea of eternal recurrence which he calls 'the highest formula of affirmation that can ever be attained'. A successful engagement with this profoundly Dionysian idea enables us to choose clearly among the myriad possibilities that existence offers,and thereby to affirm every moment of our lives with others on this 'sacred' earth. This translation of Zarathustra (the first new English version for over forty years) conveys the musicality of the original German, and for the first time annotates the abundance of allusions to the Bible and other classic texts with which Nietzsche's masterpiece is in conversation.
Nietzsche was one of the most revolutionary and subversive thinkers in Western philosophy, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra remains his most famous and 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 and poetic brilliance, Nietzsche argues that the meaning of existence is not to be found in religiouspieties or meek submission, but in an all-powerful life force: passionate, chaotic & free.
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In his preface to Ecce Homo, Friedrich Nietzsche says this: “With [Thus Spoke Zarathustra] I have given mankind the greatest present that has ever been made to it so far. This book, with a voice bridging centuries, is not only the highest book there is, the book that is truly characterized by the air of the heights—the whole fact of man lies beneath it at a tremendous distance—it is also the deepest, born out of the innermost wealth of truth, an inexhaustible well to which no pail descends without coming up again filled with gold and goodness.” Perhaps only a contemporary mystic like Osho could truly understand what Nietzsche meant by this statement. In Love with Life shares Osho’s understanding of both Nietzsche the man and of his seminal work, with extraordinary clarity and relevance to readers in the 21st century. Ten chapters have been selected from a series of 43 talks given by Osho, first published as two volumes: Zarathustra: A God that Can Dance, and Zarathustra: The Laughing Prophet. Here, Nietzsche is rescued from any remaining taint brought on by the Nazi misunderstanding and appropriation of his work, and we also learn much about the mysterious and revolutionary Persian mystic Zarathustra (Zoroaster), whom Nietzsche chose as a spokesperson. The result is an enchanting journey through a world where life is celebrated, not renounced, and where timeless truths prevail over the lies and distortions that continue to cripple our efforts to become healthy and whole.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None (German: Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen, also translated as Thus Spake Zarathustra) is a philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts written between 1883 and 1885 and published between 1883 and 1885.
The first comprehensive interpretation of Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra--an important and difficult text and the only book Nietzsche ever wrote with characters, events, setting, and a plot. Laurence Lampert’s chapter-by-chapter commentary on Nietzsche’s magnum opus clarifies not only Zarathustra’s narrative structure but also the development of Nietzsche’s thinking as a whole. "An impressive piece of scholarship. Insofar as it solves the riddle of Zarathustra in an unprecedented fashion, this study serves as an invaluable resource for all serious students of Nietzsche’s philosophy. Lampert’s persuasive and thorough interpretation is bound to spark a revival of interest in Zarathustra and raise the standards of Nietzsche scholarship in general.”--Daniel W. Conway, Review of Metaphysics "A book of scholarship, filled with passion and concern for its text.”--Tracy B. Strong, Review of Politics "This is the first genuine textual commentary on Zarathustra in English, and therewith a genuine reader’s guide. It makes a significant and original contribution to its field.”--Werner J. Dannhauser, Cornell University "This is a very valuable and carefully wrought study of a very complex and subtle poetic-philosophical work that provides access to Nietzsche’s style of presenting his thought, as well as to his passionately affirmed values. Lampert’s commentary and analysis of Zarathustra is so thorough and detailed. . . that it is the most useful English-language companion to Nietzsche’s 'edifying’ and intriguing work.”--Choice Selected as one of Choice’s outstanding academic books for 1988
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INDEX FIRST PART. ZARATHUSTRA'S DISCOURSES. ZARATHUSTRA'S PROLOGUE. ZARATHUSTRA'S DISCOURSES. I. THE THREE METAMORPHOSES. II. THE ACADEMIC CHAIRS OF VIRTUE. III. BACKWORLDSMEN. IV. THE DESPISERS OF THE BODY. V. JOYS AND PASSIONS. VI. THE PALE CRIMINAL. VII. READING AND WRITING. VIII. THE TREE ON THE HILL. IX. THE PREACHERS OF DEATH. X. WAR AND WARRIORS. XI. THE NEW IDOL. XII. THE FLIES IN THE MARKET-PLACE. XIII. CHASTITY. XIV. THE FRIEND. XV. THE THOUSAND AND ONE GOALS. XVI. NEIGHBOUR-LOVE. XVII. THE WAY OF THE CREATING ONE. XVIII. OLD AND YOUNG WOMEN. XIX. THE BITE OF THE ADDER. XX. CHILD AND MARRIAGE. XXI. VOLUNTARY DEATH. XXII. THE BESTOWING VIRTUE. THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA. SECOND PART. XXIII. THE CHILD WITH THE MIRROR. XXIV. IN THE HAPPY ISLES. XXV. THE PITIFUL. XXVI. THE PRIESTS. XXVII. THE VIRTUOUS. XXVIII. THE RABBLE. XXIX. THE TARANTULAS. XXX. THE FAMOUS WISE ONES. XXXI. THE NIGHT-SONG. XXXII. THE DANCE-SONG. XXXIII. THE GRAVE-SONG. XXXIV. SELF-SURPASSING. XXXV. THE SUBLIME ONES. XXXVI. THE LAND OF CULTURE. XXXVII. IMMACULATE PERCEPTION. XXXVIII. SCHOLARS. XXXIX. POETS. XL. GREAT EVENTS. XLI. THE SOOTHSAYER. XLII. REDEMPTION. XLIII. MANLY PRUDENCE. XLIV. THE STILLEST HOUR. THIRD PART. XLV. THE WANDERER. XLVI. THE VISION AND THE ENIGMA. XLVII. INVOLUNTARY BLISS. XLVIII. BEFORE SUNRISE. XLIX. THE BEDWARFING VIRTUE. L. ON THE OLIVE-MOUNT. LI. ON PASSING-BY. LII. THE APOSTATES. LIII. THE RETURN HOME. LIV. THE THREE EVIL THINGS. LV. THE SPIRIT OF GRAVITY. LVI. OLD AND NEW TABLES. LVII. THE CONVALESCENT. LVIII. THE GREAT LONGING. LIX. THE SECOND DANCE-SONG. LX. THE SEVEN SEALS. FOURTH AND LAST PART. LXI. THE HONEY SACRIFICE. LXII. THE CRY OF DISTRESS. LXIII. TALK WITH THE KINGS. LXIV. THE LEECH. LXV. THE MAGICIAN. LXVI. OUT OF SERVICE. LXVII. THE UGLIEST MAN. LXVIII. THE VOLUNTARY BEGGAR. LXIX. THE SHADOW. LXX. NOONTIDE. LXXI. THE GREETING. LXXII. THE SUPPER. LXXIII. THE HIGHER MAN. LXXIV. THE SONG OF MELANCHOLY. LXXV. SCIENCE. LXXVI. AMONG DAUGHTERS OF THE DESERT. LXXVII. THE AWAKENING. LXXVIII. THE ASS-FESTIVAL. LXXIX. THE DRUNKEN SONG. LXXX. THE SIGN. APPENDIX. NOTES ON "THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA" BY ANTHONY M. LUDOVICI. PART I. THE PROLOGUE. Chapter I. The Three Metamorphoses. Chapter II. The Academic Chairs of Virtue. Chapter IV. The Despisers of the Body. Chapter IX. The Preachers of Death. Chapter XV. The Thousand and One Goals. Chapter XVIII. Old and Young Women. Chapter XXI. Voluntary Death. Chapter XXII. The Bestowing Virtue. PART II. Chapter XXIII. The Child with the Mirror. Chapter XXIV. In the Happy Isles. Chapter XXIX. The Tarantulas. Chapter XXX. The Famous Wise Ones. Chapter XXXIII. The Grave-Song. Chapter XXXIV. Self-Surpassing. Chapter XXXV. The Sublime Ones. Chapter XXXVI. The Land of Culture. Chapter XXXVII. Immaculate Perception. Chapter XXXVIII. Scholars. Chapter XXXIX. Poets. Chapter XL. Great Events. Chapter XLI. The Soothsayer. Chapter XLII. Redemption. Chapter XLIII. Manly Prudence. Chapter XLIV. The Stillest Hour. PART III. Chapter XLVI. The Vision and the Enigma. Chapter XLVII. Involuntary Bliss. Chapter XLVIII. Before Sunrise. Chapter XLIX. The Bedwarfing Virtue. Chapter LI. On Passing-by. Chapter LII. The Apostates. Chapter LIII. The Return Home. Chapter LIV. The Three Evil Things. Chapter LV. The Spirit of Gravity. Chapter LVI. Old and New Tables. Par. 2. Chapter LVII. The Convalescent. Chapter LX. The Seven Seals. PART IV. Chapter LXI. The Honey Sacrifice. Chapter LXII. The Cry of Distress. Chapter LXIII. Talk with the Kings. Chapter LXIV. The Leech. Chapter LXV. The Magician. Chapter LXVI. Out of Service. Chapter LXVII. The Ugliest Man. Chapter LXVIII. The Voluntary Beggar. Chapter LXIX. The Shadow. Chapter LXX. Noontide. Chapter LXXI. The Greeting. Chapter LXXII. The Supper. Chapter LXXIII. The Higher Man. Par. 1. Chapter LXXIV. The Song of Melancholy. Chapter LXXV. Science. Chapter LXXVI. Among the Daughters of the Desert. Chapter LXXVII. The Awakening. Chapter LXXVIII. The Ass-Festival. Chapter LXXIX. The Drunken Song. Chapter LXXX. The Sign.
Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch fur Alle und Keinen (Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None) is a philosophical novel by Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885. Hard to categorise, the work is a treatise on philosophy, a masterly work of literature, in parts a collection of poetry and in others a parody of and amendment to the Bible. Consisting largely of speeches by the book's hero, prophet Zarathustra, the work's content extends across a mass of styles and subject matter. Nietzsche himself described the work as "the deepest ever written." Due to the complexity of Nietzsche's prose it is at times impossible to translate his ideas accurately. By reading Nietzsche's original text along with Common's classic English translation it is hoped that the reader can better understand this dense work.
Contents: - Beyond Good and Evil - The Antichrist - Thus Spake Zarathustra
"you must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?" Thus Spoke Zarathustra (subtitled as A Book for All and None) chronicles the fictitious travels and speeches of Zarathustra, the founder of Zoroastrianism. While Nietzsche injects myriad ideas into the book, a few recurring themes stand out. The overman (Übermensch), a self-mastered individual who has achieved his full power, is an almost omnipresent idea in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Man as a race is merely a bridge between animals and the overman. Nietzsche also makes a point that the overman is not an end result for a person, but more the journey toward self-mastery. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was a German philosopher, poet, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history. Because of Nietzsche's evocative style and provocative ideas, his philosophy generates passionate reactions. His works remain controversial, due to varying interpretations and misinterpretations of his work. In the Western philosophy tradition, Nietzsche's writings have been described as the unique case of free revolutionary thought, that is, revolutionary in its structure and problems, although not tied to any revolutionary project.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra is Nietzsche's most problematic text. There appears to be no thematic connection between its four Parts and numerous sections. To make it even worse, the book contains a number of thematic contradictions. The standard approach has been a method of selective reading, that is, most critics select a few brilliant passages for edification and ignore the rest. This approach has turned Nietzsche's text into a collection of disjointed fragments. Going against this prevalent approach, T.K. Seung presents the first unified reading of the whole book. He reads it as the record of Zarathustra's epic journey to find spiritual values in the secular world. The alleged thematic contradictions of the text are shown to indicate the turns and twists that are dictated by the hero's epic battle against his formidable opponent. His heroic struggle is eventually resolved by the power of a pantheistic nature-religion. Thus Nietzsche's ostensibly atheistic work turns out to be a highly religious text. The author uncovers this epic plot by reading Nietzsche's text as a baffling series of riddles and puzzles. Hence his reading is not only edifying but also breathtaking. In this unprecedented enterprise, the author takes a complex interdisciplinary approach, engaging the five disciplines of philosophy, psychology, religious studies, literary analysis, and cultural history.
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Nietzsche intended to write about final acts of creation and destruction brought about by Zarathustra. However, the book lacks a finale to match that description; its actual ending focuses more on Zarathustra recognizing that his legacy is beginning to perpetuate, and consequently choosing to leave the higher men to their own devices in carrying his legacy forth. Zarathustra also contains the famous dictum "God is dead", which had appeared earlier in The Gay Science. In his autobiographical work Ecce Homo, Nietzsche states that the book's underlying concept is discussed within "the penultimate section of the fourth book" of 'The Gay Science'. It is the eternal recurrence of the same events.L'allemand autorise à traduire Also sprach Zarathustra par Ainsi parla Zarathoustra. Chaque discours se termine par cette formule (à quelques exceptions). L'imparfait en français indiquerait une répétition. Mais l'ensemble du livre présente une progression de discours en discours qui paraît plutôt indiquer que ces discours représentent à chaque fois une étape dans la doctrine de Zarathoustra, ce que marquerait la traduction par le passé simple, Ainsi parla Zarathoustra.