Great Ideas Why Am I So Wise by Frederich NietzscheGreat Ideas Why Am I So Wise by Frederich Nietzsche

Great Ideas Why Am I So Wise

byFrederich Nietzsche

Mass Market Paperback | February 1, 2005

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Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are.
Friedrich Nietzsche was born near Leipzig in 1844. When he was only twenty-four he was appointed to the chair of classical philology at Basel University. Works published in the 1880s include The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, On the Genealogy of Morals, Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist. In January 18...
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Title:Great Ideas Why Am I So WiseFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 7.05 × 4.5 × 0.2 inPublished:February 1, 2005Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141018976

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Comparison of 2 Completely Different and Similar Novels I really enjoyed these two books.I had the occasion to read both at once as I read “Why I Am So Wise”(1889)on my lunch breaks and “The Picture of Dorian Gray”(1891)at home.I found they share some similar if opposing ideas, for example: Dorian Gray, ch4, pg 57- Lord Henry feels that he has created Dorian and ‘made him premature..Ordinary people wait until life discloses to them its secrets, but to the few, to the elect, the mysteries of life were revealed before the veil was drawn away,’ and claims that art and literature spark ‘the passions and the intellect’. Nietzsche ('N'), on pg43, warns that grand words and attitudes must be guarded against lest ‘the instinct will ‘understand itself’ too early’, that we need time to let the organizing idea grow and lead us back from ‘side paths and wrong turnings’.Wilde does not say specifically that he believes this premature blossoming to be a bad thing but perhaps this was the reason for Dorian’s corruption and eventual untimely end.Lord Henry opened Dorian’s eyes to literature (through a specific unnamed book,) art, and the ways of the world before he could form his own ideas, giving him a warped view. I thought it was quite coincidental that one should find an example of 'N's philosophy in a completely unrelated novel written by someone who was way outside the realm of philosophy.It seems to me a good indication of the ideology of the time seeing that as a playwright and educated man, Wilde ('W') may not have been a philosopher but would have most likely catered to popular views of the day, conforming to the art movement of the decadents.'W' was caught up in the movement while 'N' warns against it.It is easy to see that 'W' was not concerned with philosophy, rather he seems to be venting his fears/frustrations/longings from his own private life.See his bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde Another similarity that jumped out at me occurs on pg128 (Dorian Gray) where 'W' describes Dorian’s ideas of the Roman Catholic Church and his attraction to its rituals.‘The daily sacrifice, more awful really than the sacrifices of the antique world, stirred him as much by its SUPERB REJECTION OF THE EVIDENCE OF THE SENSES as by..’ 'N' of course is not a fan of religion in general, specifically Christian morality.(He also attacks morality itself as a lie)He describes it as a ‘consequence of decadence’ He argues that to be ‘good’, to be ‘moral’ one must constantly not see that which does not conform to their idea of ‘good’: pg 62, ‘The condition for the existence of good is the lie-: expressed differently, the desire not to see at any price what is the fundamental constitution of reality…’ 'N' takes this much more indepth and goes on the reveal that the whole of society is based on this lie of what is good/evil, that the smallest things in life, the natural, animalistic things are deemed ‘evil’, (ex) sex) although they are NOT and we are basically missing the entire idea of what life and man is by thinking in an unnatural way.'W' I am sure, has his own reasons for defaming the church as can be found in his bio, but it is interesting again to find a similar ideology and shows that they were popular ideas among the highly educated of the time. On the whole both were excellent!“Why I Am So Wise” was definitely the more capturing/entertaining of the two.“I never thought of it that way before!” came to mind with almost every idea 'N' put forth and while I would LIKE to say that I have a CLEAR understanding of his meanings, I must confess that I really processed maybe half of it. But with exposure soon follows understanding and I plan to read it again in the future, following “Beyond Good and Evil” and “Zarathustra” which he refers to often. 'W' is very dry but the novel is quite good if you can get through the pages long descriptions of what is in fashion among the upper class.'W' lived the life of a ‘decadent’ and wrote this novel about one as well.It is intriguing to see 'N's theory of decadence leading to a bad end so obviously played out not only in Wilde’s novel, but in his life as well. I am looking forward to picking up more literature from this era to see if these themes recur yet again! The idea of this movement of the decadents, this forming of an idea ‘en mass’ and what its results were for the future stirs curiosity in me. Many were critiqued at the time for these ideas. Wilde was not immune to this and included in the back of my copy are some horrified and damning reviews by critics of the day. What provoked this movement? What else does it entail that was not included in this glance I have had? Did this artistic movement also include these ideas of religion or is it purely coincidence? Did Wilde take to this idea because it conformed to the life he was already leading? We know what Nietzsche’s thoughts are on the matter but of course there are many more people with many, many more thoughts. I am moved to action and cannot wait to learn more!
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Brilliant and Easy Read Finally a book of texts by one of the great Nihilists that anyone with half-a-brain can read and understand. A perfect read if you're taking a plane. A good couple of hours should do it for most people. I especially liked the very last of the writings. Why so soft, my brothers...
Date published: 2007-04-24