Nietzsche and the Death of God: Selected Writings: Peter Fritzsche

A compact introduction to Nietzsche’s writings about God, language, truth, and myth, this collection will engage and appeal to both veteran and novice readers. Fritzsche’s insightful introduction presents valuable historical, biographical, and cultural guidelines for exploring Nietzsche’s ideas and influence, without ignoring his literary acumen. The samples of Nietzsche’s writing were carefully chosen to represent Nietzsche’s enduring relevance for contemporary life.

With “the death of God” as his starting point, Fritzsche selected and translated documents from the full range of Nietzsche’s explosive writings to expose readers to key ideas he developed. His bold concepts ignited reactions in his time and continue to energize and shape worldviews. Selections include Nietzsche’s thoughts on such topics as how humans have fallen into a subordinate relationship with systems of morality of their own making, and the importance of recognizing new possibilities; how different cultures and languages enable unique interpretations—that is, there is no common or real world; and how the “slave mentality” of the West inclines people to see each other as victims instead of masters of their own lives.

All of the documents feature notations about publication history and context for the readings that follow; gloss notes explain literary allusions, historical references, and unfamiliar terms; appendixes include a chronology of Nietzsche’s life, questions for consideration, and a bibliography of selected works by and about Nietzsche.

Table of Contents:

Part One: INTRODUCTION: Nietzsche’s Life and Works

Nietzsche’s Importance / Nietzsche’s Ideas / Nietzsche’s Legacy


1. Aphorisms, 1875-1889

2. On Truths and Lies in an Extramoral Sense, 1873

3. On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life, 1874

4. Human, All Too Human, 1878

5. The Gay Science, 1882

6. Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 1883-1884

7. Beyond Good and Evil, 1886

8. On the Genealogy of Morals, 1887


Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist

by Walter A. Kaufmann

I read this biography of Nietzsche during my spare time while I tackled a one-year major in philosophy during my senior year at Columbia.

Walter Kaufmann – Nietzsche. Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist (2015)


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Friedrich Nietzsche


Basic Writings of Nietzsche (Modern Library Classics)
Modern Library (February 23, 2011)
845 pages


The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History

Jonathan Z. Smith
Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (November 20, 2018)
232 pages

First published in English in 1954, this founding work of the history of religions secured the North American reputation of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade. Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures and drawing on scholarship published in no fewer than half a dozen European languages, The Myth of the Eternal Return illuminates the religious beliefs and rituals of a wide variety of archaic religious cultures. While acknowledging that a return to their practices is impossible, Eliade passionately insists on the value of understanding their views to enrich the contemporary imagination of what it is to be human. This book includes an introduction from Jonathan Z. Smith that provides essential context and encourages readers to engage in an informed way with this classic text. (Amazon)


The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History PDF

Nietzsche’s Philosophy of the Eternal Recurrence of the Same PDF


Nietzsche on Eternal Return

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Nietzsche’s Idea of Eternal Return


Friedrich Nietzsche – The Eternal Return

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