Pity is considered a weakness and can lead to depression. Instead, the book argues, an individual should focus on only what makes the individual stronger. Although Nietzsche takes a very antireligious viewpoint, the title The Antichrist is slightly misleading, and the listener should not think of the book as the opposite of Christ.
While the work does question religion, the author does not mention devil worship. The book was originally written in German and translated to English. This short little book is the culmination of Nietzche's thoughts on Christianity.
The passion with which he makes his case against what he sees as the greatest pathology of Western culture is as moving as if he were writing a love poem to the human spirit.
In his rich depiction of Christ we see an admiration and awe for the raw essence of the Gospel, as opposed to the polluted and scornful message of the early Church that immediately eclipsed the effulgence of Christ's teachings, and has colored our understanding them to this day.
Consumed in one breath! Such an opus. All those remarks about this book and low ratings in Audible, Amazon and Goodreads coming from deeply religious people are just pathetic. Rock solid arguments of Friedrich drill ill ring fenced paradigms of those. There is nothing anti Semitic, fascistic in this book as they claim, rather just nicely designed thought provoking construct of thinking.
I loved it. Although the narrator lacks expressiveness, lack thereof may be intentional this book is invaluable in its concepts and very much worthwhile. Add to Cart failed. Please try again later. Add to Wish List failed.
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General lack of professionalism especially critical and well-supported assertions. Instead we have an article with too many brazen assertions which are at best contentious and at worst plain wrong e.
I have a particular penchant for N's views on consciousness. It is true that he has talked of consciousness in relation to instinct in his early writings, but to say outright that "Nietzsche considered consciousness itself to be a form of instinct" is entirely misleading.
Reading his later writings such as Gay Science and Zara, you certainly would not come to that conclusion.
Just a heads up A "related" article not the concept, but the books is subject of one of today's "Did you know" over at the de:Wikipedia. In summary, This is like Nietzsche scholarship back in the dark 50s!!! Ok, so Nietzsche was a fascist bla bla bla. The real problem is that the whole article is riddled with contradictions - not a subtle reflection of Nietzsche's own writing I should imagine - the opening paragraph is enough to drive a sane man mad!
Completely agree with previous post. That opening sentence is unbelievably frustrating as is the whole article. This is about tag cleanup. As all of the tags are more than a year old, there is no current discussion relating to them, and there is a great deal of editing done since the tags were placed, or in some cases it's clear there is a consensus, they will be removed.
This is not a judgement of content. If there is cause to re-tag, then that of course may be done, with the necessary posting of a discussion as to why, and what improvements could be made. Better yet, edit the article yourself with the improvements in place. This is only an effort to clean out old tags, and permit them to be updated with current issues if warranted. Jjdon talk , 29 April UTC. This article should be renamed "The Will to Power manuscript " to avoid confusion with Will to power which refers to the idea.
This article is terrible otherwise and badly needs attention. It is not universally accepted that the Will to Power was tampered with by Nietzsche's sister, and that the work does not represent his views at all. Some scholars still believe that this was a legitimate work.
It is universally accepted that she participated in the editing process, but there is or should be some disagreement over what to make of that. Hi LightSpectra. I'm an associate professor of philosophy who has published two books on Nietzsche. Hollingdale translation, Kaufmann makes it quite clear that while the "book" does not exist as such, each of the notes that comprise the book do, and that many of these notes are not only among the most interesting things Nietzsche wrote, but have no better counterpart in the texts Nietzsche prepared for publication.
Even if you eliminate the ordering, which is from the editors, there are still small errors. In one instance, each of the sentences in a note had been put in reverse order that's probably the most extreme example and in some cases two very separate notes had been stiched together into one paragraph to convey the impression that the text flowed from one sentence to the next instead of two halves being separated by lots of omitted text.
But on the whole it's actually a rather good attempt to present selections from Nietzsche's notebooks arranged into topical chunks for easier accessibility, and the only really pervasive difficulty is that Kaufmann's i. The attitude toward this text is out of all proportion to the problems it represents: all one needs to say is "this is not Nietzsche's unpublished magnum opus, but an interesting selection from his notebooks" and leave it at that.
However, for many English-speaking Nietzsche scholars, "The Will to Power" has become a counter in a particular game with two aspects.
First, many people seem to think that if you can somehow kill this book, you can kill any possibility of linkage between Nietzsche and the Nazis, which is absurd--the relationship is complex, and the status of the book largely irrelevant to it, as the Nietzsche of the notes is not all that different from the Nietzsche of the published works on issues that matter to the Nazi question.
Both aspects of this reaction are rather extreme. The second element here is that there is a small but influential crowd of American Nietzsche scholars that want to transform Nietzsche into some sort of neo-Humean so that he can be more respectable to American philosophers committed to some form of empiricism. The problem with that is that Nietzsche's most provocative statements that seem to have metaphysical and epistemological implications in other directions are easier to find in WP.
There are similar things going on with attempts to re-interpret Nietzsche as a liberal democrat or an existentialist or a French postmodern radical. Talk about "the masters of the earth" just doesn't play in Peoria, or Paris. There are two solutions: either a corrected translation of Kaufmann, with even more emphatic explanation of the editorial background, or else a better, topically arranged anthology of this material.
Cambridge U. But I doubt that it can be arranged better: the editors knew what they were doing at least this far: they could tell what was interesting and what wasn't, and they constructed a pretty useful arrangement that made the material accessible for readers. But I suppose that it will be decades before Godwin's Law trickles down from the internet into academia Follow-up: I am under contract with Penguin to produce a scholarly edition of the Will to Power with a fresh translation.
I have worked through about half of the material by now, and my impression of the criticisms has changed somewhat. The selections seem representative, and there is almost no material that does not originate from Nietzsche. Lots of the material is essentially untouched apart from the arrangement. In many cases the first half and second half of a long note will be broken in two and separated without any indication. Rarely, two separate notes will be fused together because of their common topic.
Lastly, many passage are "cleaned up. I have seen no suppressions which wouldn't make Nietzsche look worse had they been allowed to see the light of day; the "sis made him a Nazi" at least in this context seems misleading. In order to produce a scholarly version, I have had to revisit each and every editorial decision Peter Gast et.
The editing policies appear to be quite similar to those adopted until recently in the preparation of texts by Wittgenstein cf.
The Philosophical Grammar for a very similar case. In my edition, every change is being undone, and for the most part, it makes it somewhat worse needless repetition has been restored, for example. I think it's fair to say that apart from the misrepresentation of it as a magnum opus, the whole issue is massively overblown. There is much antisemitism in Nietzsche, just as there was much antisemitism in the mind of Richard Wagner and many other German and English and French intellectual and artistic figures of the day.
Does this mean there is nothing valuable in Nietzsche? Of course not. By being so sensitive to how such accusations make the world regard their favorite scholar, some of the editors here aren't being very good Nietzscheans and are bending over backwards to justify him to the popular morality!
They should be more confident that his ideas stand the test of time. Likewise, his obsession with the Aryan race is characteristic of a time when interest in "Eastern mysticism" and the idea of a Germanic racial link to India were being promulgated in Central Europe.
This was not new or unique to Nietzsche; it was a cultural borrowing from his own time, a time when various cultural routes to German nationalism were being sought. As a Jew and a student of philosophy, I think this simply shows that Nietzsche was not always able to stand head and shoulders above the prejudices of his own time.
He should be read because he's influential. Like all great philosophers, he said things that don't stand the test of time and things that are of universal value to all people in all time periods.
Every reader has to decide for himself which ideas fall into which category, but there's no point in simply denying the existence of the material you don't like. That's no longer scholarship or interpretation; it's the same intellectual crime some of you seem to think Elisabeth perpetrated against Nietzsche posthumously.
Debates in philosophy and all academia are fierce partly because the stakes are so low. Whether or not he had any influence on Nazism which I think would be hard to deny , he did not raise a finger against anyone, any more than, say, Marx did. There is a world of moral difference between the act of writing something and the act of killing in the name of the same idea. In the first paragraph, the English word "notebooks" is presented as being equivalent to the German word "Nachlass. The German word "Nachlass" means, in English, "literary remains.
Given that Colli and Montinari were socialists, did their political perspective influence their translation? This influenced politics and led to revolutions against aristocracies. Nietzsche claims that Paul's pretense of holiness and his use of priestly concepts were typically Jewish. Christianity separated itself from Judaism as though it was the chosen religion, "just as if the Christian were the meaning, the salt, the standard and even the last judgment of all the rest.
Christianity then divided itself from the world by appropriation: "[L]ittle abortions of bigots and liars began to claim exclusive rights in the concepts of 'God,' 'the truth,' 'the light,' 'the spirit,' 'love,' 'wisdom' and 'life,' as if these things were synonyms of themselves.
The whole of Judaism appears in Christianity as the art of concocting holy lies, and there The Christian, that ultima ratio of lying, is the Jew all over again—he is threefold the Jew The Christian is simply a Jew of the "reformed" confession. Nietzsche asserts: . The 'early Christian'—and also, I fear, the 'last Christian' When a man proposes to represent, in his own person, the 'chosen of God' The Christian God is harmful and a crime against life.
According to Nietzsche, the Old Testament , Genesis , chronicles the hellish anxiety of God, and thus the priests, in regards to science. Man tasted knowledge and created his own enemy; "science makes men godlike —it is all up with priests and gods when man becomes scientific! Sinful, suffering humans believe in supernatural agents. Such sinners are dependent on their priests for salvation, redemption, and forgiveness.
Blessedness—or, more technically, pleasure —can never be a proof of truth: "proof by 'pleasure' is a proof of 'pleasure'—nothing more; why in the world should it be assumed that true judgments give more pleasure than false ones?
Nietzsche alleges that "one is not "converted" to Christianity—one must first be sick enough for it. From everywhere, the aggregate of the sick accumulated in Christianity and outnumbered the healthy. Since sickness is inherent in Christianity, it follows that the typically Christian state of "faith" must be a form of sickness too, and that all straight, straightforward and scientific paths to knowledge must be banned by the church as forbidden ways. Doubt is thus a sin from the start.
Knowledge requires caution, intellectual moderation, discipline, and self—overcoming. Christianity, however, uses sick reasoning, like martyrdom , to try to prove its truth. Christians think "that there must be something in a cause for which any one goes to his death. They made signs in blood along the way that they went, and their folly taught them that the truth is proved by blood. But blood is the worst of all testimonies to the truth; blood poisoneth even the purest teaching and turneth it into madness and hatred in the heart.
And when one goeth through fire for his teaching—what doth that prove? Verily, it is more when one's teaching cometh out of one's own burning! To Nietzsche, "the need of faith, of something unconditioned by yea or nay Lying, or not wanting to see as one sees, is a trait of those who are devoted to a party or faction. Lying is utilized by all priests, be they pagan , Jewish, or Christian: .
The 'law,' the 'will of God,' the 'holy book,' and 'inspiration'—all these things are merely words for the conditions under which the priest comes to power and with which he maintains his power Christianity's lies are not holy. They serve "[o]nly bad ends The purpose of the Christian ' Holy Lie ', however, is bad; all of it "proceeds from weakness, from envy, from revenge.
Christianity lied about guilt, punishment, and immortality in order to destroy imperium Romanum , an organization that was designed to promote life. Paul realized that a "world conflagration " might be lit; "how, with the symbol of 'God on the cross,' all secret seditions , all the fruits of anarchistic intrigues in the empire, might be amalgamated into one immense power.
Nihilist and Christian: they rhyme in German, and they do more than rhyme. Christianity deprived us of the benefits of Greco-Roman culture from which, over two thousand years ago, the scientific method was discovered. The Greeks and Romans "[overnight] Instinctive nobility, taste, methodical inquiry, genius for organization and administration, faith in and the will to secure the future of man, a great yes to everything entering into the imperium Romanum and palpable to all the senses All overwhelmed in a night; Not conquered,—only sucked dry!
Hidden vengefulness, petty envy, became master! Nietzsche poses the question of why Christianity had trampled down the culture of Islam ; of Mohammedan civilization. Intrinsically there should be no more choice between Islam and Christianity than there is between an Arab and a Jew.
The decision is already reached; nobody remains at liberty to choose here. Either a man is a Chandala or he is not Peace and friendship with Islam! I can't make out how a German could ever feel Christian. The European Renaissance of Greek and Roman values was "[ t ] he transvaluation of Christian values ,—an attempt with all available means, all instincts and all the resources of genius to bring about a triumph of the opposite values, the more noble values.
Actually, the papacy was rid of corrupt Christianity: . Instead there was life! Instead there was the triumph of life! Instead there was a great yea to all lofty, beautiful and daring things! And Luther restored the church : he attacked it. Nietzsche concludes his work with the insistence that Christianity "turned every value into worthlessness, and every truth into a lie, and every integrity into baseness of soul With its parasitism ; with "the beyond as the will to deny all reality," Nietzsche believes the "'humanitarianism' of Christianity" to be a conspiracy "against health, beauty, well-being, intellect, kindness of soul— against life itself.
He considers it to be a curse and a corruption. While humanity "reckons time from the dies nefastus " when this "fatality" emerged—"from the first day of Christianity "—Nietzsche asks "[ w ] hy not rather from its last? Nietzsche does not demur of Jesus , conceding that he was the only one true Christian. Nietzsche heavily criticizes the organized institution of Christianity and its class of priests. Christ's evangelism consisted of the good news that the ' kingdom of God ' is within you :   "What is the meaning of ' glad tidings '?
The title is not a direct reference to the biblical ' Antichrist ,' but is rather an attack on the " master—slave morality " and apathy of Western Christianity. Nietzsche's basic claim is that Christianity as he saw it in the West is a poisoner of western culture and perversion of the words of and practice of Jesus, the one, true 'Christian.
In this book, Nietzsche is very critical of institutionalized religion and its priest class , from which he himself was descended. The majority of the book is a systematic attack upon the interpretations of Christ's words by Saint Paul and those who followed him. The German title, Der Antichrist , is ambiguous and open to two interpretations: the Antichrist , or the Anti-Christian. Mencken 's translation and R. It is possible that Nietzsche named his book the same as a way of "calling out" Renan.
This book was written shortly before Nietzsche's infamous nervous breakdown. However, as one scholar notes, "the Antichrist is unrelievedly vituperative, and would indeed sound insane were it not informed in its polemic by a structure of analysis and a theory of morality and religion worked out elsewhere. Section 29 originally contains three words that were suppressed by Nietzsche's sister in " das Wort Idiot " or, "the word idiot. Mencken 's English translation does not contain these words.
However, in , the words were reinstated by Josef Hofmiller. Likewise, English translations by Walter Kaufmann and R. Hollingdale also contain them. The passage reads: . Our whole concept, our cultural concept 'spirit' had no meaning whatever in the world Jesus lived in. To speak with the precision of the physiologist a quite different word would rather be in place here: the word idiot. According to Nietzsche, one of the thieves, who was also being crucified, said, "This was truly a divine man, a child of God!
In these passages, Christ was called the ' Son of God ' by the soldier. The Nietzsche Archives' suppression was lifted in later editions and now appears exactly as Nietzsche wrote. The full passage reads: .
His words to the thief on the cross contain the whole Evangel. The passage about this was suppressed in order to avoid comparison to Wilhelm II. According to Mazzino Montinari , this passage was never printed in any edition prepared by the Nietzsche Archive. However, it did appear in the pocketbook edition of A young prince at the head of his regiments, splendid as the expression of his people's egoism and presumption — but without any shame professing himself a Christian! According to Mazzino Montinari , this passage was restored in the edition, appearing in all subsequent editions.
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