Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist. By Walter A. Kaufmann. ( Princeton University Press: London, Geoffrey Cumberlege. Pp. Xi + Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist. Walter A. Kaufmann · Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l’Etranger (). Book Review:Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist. Walter A. Kaufmann Walter Arnold Kaufmann – – Princeton University Press. Nietzsche.

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The Death of God and the Revaluation. Experimenting involves testing an answer by trying to live philosopner to it He also wrote a book on Hegeland a translation of most of Goethe’s Faust. Responding to the powerful myths and countermyths that had sprung up around Nietzsche, Kaufmann offered a patient, evenhanded account of his life and works, and of the uses and abuses to which subsequent generations had put his ideas.

This and many other things are covered is this well researched important book. A second edition was published ina third edition inand a fourth edition, which was the first paperback printing, in However, he does a lot of whitewashing, and tries to posit Nietzsche as a more democratic figure than he actually was, by framing his arguments as “antipolitical,” and spends a bit too much time trying to separate out Nietzsche’s ideas from national socialism.

However, he questioned Kaufmann’s characterization of Nietzsche as an “Antichrist”, writing that it reflected Kaufmann’s personal loathing of Christianity. People like Kaufmann do a great service then.

His interpretation of Nietzsche – whose work, he insists, must be viewed as a philoslpher – is particularly sympathetic from one who is no acolyte of the philosopher. He credited Kaufmann with reversing the popular image of Nietzsche as a totalitarian anti-semitemaking it possible for philosophers to take Nietzsche seriously, and ensuring that Nietzsche’s works have a prominent place in the philosophy sections of modern bookstores.

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Writing inhe commented that it remained an “outstanding and indispensable contribution to Nietzschean scholarship. View psychilogist 6 comments. These are the only places Kaufmann finds the phrase up to and including Zarathustra.

I admire Nietzsche hugely for his style, courage, wit, contrariness, honesty, cheerfulness and psychological insight.

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As Hazlitt has it, the language of poetry is closely aligned to the language of power. Although Nietzsche certainly had his faults, it would be difficult to find a more brilliant and erudite figure in history with the possible exception but far l Walter Kaufmann seemed to have known Nietzsche probably better than Nietzsche knew himself. Without ignoring or downplaying the ugliness of many of Nietzsche’s proclamations, he set them in the context of his work as a whole and of the counterexamples yielded by a responsible reading of his books.


What I find impressive is the extent to which Kaufmann can present Nietzsche’s thought as coherent, accessible and relevant.

Yet, many of his pronouncements did not rest completely on solid ground such as his views that women were inferior to men and were born to “serve” and “obey” rather than lead. Prior to Nietzsche, I had read dozens of the great philosophers – classical and modern – but I really never felt the need nor the desire to read any more philosophy after him.

Want to Read saving…. Moral behavior is the sublimation, or the self-overcoming of the impulse via reason. Despite Kaufmann’s appreciation of this “pluralistic” style, he wants to piece together Nietzsche’s aphorisms and show his thinking is coherent and systematic.

The book, first published by Princeton University Presswas influential and is considered a classic study. He would have had a difficult time today in Europe trying to get any dates with women, no doubt. His Zarathusa despairs, Never yet has there been a overman. View all 4 comments.

In contrast he saw Jesus as a strong leader but believed the apostles and subsequently the Catholic Church and its offshoots had little to do with Jesus whom he said was the first and only Christian.

He praised Kaufmann for interpreting Nietzsche’s statements in terms of both their context and the general development of Nietzsche’s thought. Perhaps the scary part is that in much of his criticism of Christianity, he may be on to something.

Nietzsche : Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist

He also considered Kaufmann’s characterization of Nietzsche as a psychologist apt. I can’t desire that at the moment what a waste my twenties appear to meand that gives me ethical, and creative, work to do. So the experience of reading Kaufman on Nietzsche is very strange. However, he acknowledged that the book “had its place kaufmannn the history of Nietzsche reception”. The latter is the best analysis of the nature of tragedy that I have read and, in my opinion, superior phillsopher Aristotle’s theory of tragedy but of course Nietzsche had the benefit of many more centuries of human development including the tremendous advances of the Enlightenment.

Indispensable for anyone concerned with Nietzsche. Kaufman was invaluable to me in understanding Nietzsche and I strongly recommend that students, especially, have one of the Kaufmann books on Nietzsche handy while reading any of Nietzsche’s work.


Oct 31, Owlseyes marked it as to-read Shelves: He wrote that it had little competition for nearly two decades and credited Kaufmann with offering “a readable interpretation of Nietzsche’s thought along humanistic existentialist and pragmatist lines”. Nietzsche, Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist.

Kaufmann has done a couple of big things in this book. However, he criticized Kaufmann’s treatment of Human, All Too Human psychologis, Daybreakand The Gay Sciencemaintaining that Kaufmann incorrectly saw them as psychologisy of a period in Nietzsche’s thought that was of little intrinsic interest.

Preview — Nietzsche by Walter Kaufmann. He would have been aghast at the slaughter of the Jews during the Nazis era. Aug 30, Arjun Ravichandran rated it it was ok. Nietzsches Attitude toward Socrates.

Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist

I don’t think Kaufmann would argue he’s presenting the “complete Nietzsche,” just a component that in the s had been sorely overlooked — his actual philosophy. Nietzsche truly had a massive intelligence and an incredible command of cultures, languages, origins of language and history. Oct 24, Jee Koh rated it really liked it. She wrote that the book made Kaufmann himself a “dominant figure in transatlantic Nietzsche studies from until his death in “, and that while Kaufmann has been typically credited by philosophers and historians with saving Nietzsche’s reputation by disassociating him from Nazism, they argue that he did so by “denaturing Nietzsche’s philosophy of power and narrowly transforming him into an existentialist.

For anyone with a deep interest in Nietzsche I would recommend this book very highly. Despite their ability to shake up the world and cause vast slaughter, Nietzsche would have seen them as contemptible mean criminals who stood not for life as the superman would but for destruction even though they tried to create – in Hitler case it would have been the year Reich while Mussolini tried, pathetically, to recreate the Roman Empire.

Friedrich Nietzsche in 19th Century Philosophy. Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist Cover of the second edition. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.