Nietzsche: Philosophy in an Hour

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 1 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Nietzsche in just one hour.
Philosophy has always been dangerous for philosophers; Friedrich Nietzsche made it dangerous for everyone. His ideas presaged a collective madness which was to ravage Europe throughout the first half of the 20th century, drawing a chilling parallel with the insanity that gripped Nietzsche towards the end of his life. His philosophy is one of aphorisms and penetrating psychological insights, his major concept being the Will to Power - a notion that he saw as the basic impulse for all our acts. Viewing Christianity as a subtle perversion of this concept Nietzsche is famous for his pronouncement that ‘God is dead’.
This audiobook is an expert account of Nietzsche’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written - and is above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Nietzsche’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Nietzsche in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.


What the Critics Say

“Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them...I find them hard to stop reading.” ( New York Times)
“Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise.” ( Wall Street Journal)
“Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character... I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one's friends to Western civilization.” ( Boston Globe)
“A godsend in this era of the short attention span.” ( New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Keeble is one of the best readers on audible. I was disappointed with this book as it is really a lightweight biography with a few of Nietzsche's epigrams at the end. I was hoping for an overview f the philosophic ideas. In this respect it is far too lightweight in my opinion. I learned a lot more from In Our Time on Radio 4 - who ch is s U.K. intellectual chat show.
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- Kuleshov


Maybe it was just my phone but it skipped a lot making it an incoherent listen. The content I actually heard was good.
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- sf

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-05-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited