The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

  • by Henry Louis Mencken
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mention the name of Friedrich Nietzsche almost anywhere and you are apt to receive a strong emotional response, either negatively or positively. Few persons will say they have no opinion. And for good reason. Employing some of the most withering attacks and scathing criticism conceivable against, among other things, Christianity, education, government, Wagner, and the judicial systems of his day, Nietzsche was a one-man wrecking ball of European society in the latter half of the 19th century.In this fine and clearly written combination of biography and analysis, famed Baltimore writer H. L. Mencken manages to distill the life and philosophy of Nietzsche so that any layman can become acquainted with this odd German philosopher. And odd he most certainly was. Born into a family of Polish extraction, Nietzsche was never completely comfortable in the smug, religiously conservative bourgeoise German society he grew up in. Rebellion quickly followed manhood. Brilliant from the outset, Nietzsche soon made his mark with "Human, all too Human". He never looked back. First published in 1908, Mencken's critical work has been a valuable reference to the life and work of Nietzsche ever since. Many persons will find the demeaning references to women and minorities reprehensible, as they are. But it is important to keep in mind that Mencken's attitudes were typical for most Americans of his day. But the patient listener will, in the end, be rewarded by a much fuller and more rounded understanding of a philosopher some still consider to have been insane.

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Totally missed the point

Awful. He doesn't understand Nietzsche's philosophy at all. I gave it 2 stars because it contains some interesting stuff about Nietzsche's life, but beyond that is totally flawed.

Most grotesque is his failure to grasp what Nietzsche meant when he said "God is dead." Munchkin (as I think of him) seems to think Nietzsche advocated the search for absolute truth. He fails to grasp that to Nietzsche, God is the belief in one Truth.

When Nietzsche says, "The people haven't heard the news. That God is dead," he means that atheists are still believing in God without realising. They are worshipping Truth as an abstract concept.

Save your money and listen to the lectures of Hubert Dreyfus on Existentialism (for free) from iTunes university.
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- Fraser

Intolerable narration.

An outrageous and over the top Rich Uncle Pennybags narration renders Mencken's introduction to Nietzsche unlistenable.
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- R.L. Campbell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-04-2009
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur