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Books about Friedrich Nietzsche

As time goes by, I'll be listing here, along with links to, some of the books about Friedrich Nietzsche that I've personally found to be of particular interest and value.

Nietzsche, Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist by Walter Kaufmann$12.96
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Description: Kaufmann, through his translations of and commentaries on Nietzsche's works, is almost single-handedly responsible for today's positive reception of Nietzsche's thinking among English-language scholars and readers. Kaufmann's exposure of how Nietzsche's thinking has been distorted, misrepresented, and exploited is one of the most valuable aspects of this book. If you buy only one book on Nietzsche, make this book it!
Nietzsche by Richard Schacht$33.95
Description: Schacht's book is the best book I'm aware of that provides a full rundown on the breadth and depth of Nietzsche's thought, intelligently examining and discussing all of the major themes that populate his writings. If you want a great introduction to Nietzsche, I recommend this book highly!
Nietzsche and Metaphor by Sarah Kofman$21.08
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Description: "It seems to me more Nietzschean to write conceptually in the knowledge that a concept has no greater value than a metaphor and is itself the condensate of metaphors, to write while opening up one's writing to a genealogical decipherment, than to write metaphorically while denigrating the concept and proposing metaphor as the norm." I love Sarah Kofman!
Nietzsche and Metaphysics by Michel Haar$19.95
Description: "His thought cannot be reduced to a mere anti-Platonism. The flaw with the Heideggerian reading of him resides in this: first, it is an easy task to show the extent to which Nietzschean thought results from an overturning, and, second, Heidegger does not see (or pretends not to see) the extent to which both the genealogical approach and the new interpretation of sensible appearances make impossible the restoration, pure and simple, of metaphysics or its 'completion,' that is to say its absolutization." If you're at all interested in the Nietzsche-Heidegger controversy, this book is a must read!
Nietzsche and Philosophy by Gilles Deleuze$16.79
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Description: Deleuze is a major philosopher in his own right and this book is one of the most seminal modern books on Nietzsche. In many ways, understanding Deleuze is just as much a challenge as understanding Nietzsche!
The New Nietzsche: Contemporary Styles of Interpretation by David B. Allison (editor)$27.00
Description: The most influential collection of essays on Nietzsche ever compiled. Essays by Deleuze, Derrida, Heidegger, Kofman, Klossowski, and others are included. This book is on back-order waiting for a reprint, but the wait is entirely worthwhile for this title. If you want to understand Nietzsche, you've got to read this book!
Nietzsche's New Seas: Explorations in Philosophy, Aethetics, and Politics by Tracy B. Strong and Michael A. Gillespie (editors)$17.50
Description: All of the essays in this book are excellent, but the star of the bunch is Sarah Kofman's "Baubo: Theological Perversion and Fetishism," available nowhere else in English and alone more than worth the price of the book.
From Hegel to Nietzsche: The Revolution in Nineteenth Century Thought by Karl Lowith$22.25
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Description: This is a marvelous book that traces the lines of historical force that run from Hegel at the start of the 19th century to Nietzsche at its end. Lowith convincingly shows how Nietzsche's thinking emerges as a development from and continuation of a historico-philosophical ground that is by no means unique just to him. If anything, Nietzsche here, like Hegel, is both an end and a beginning that marks the division between eras. Lowith traces the thought paths which run from Hegel to Nietzsche (and back from Nietzsche to Hegel) through Goethe, Rousseau, Feuerbach, Ruge, Marx, Stirner, Bauer, Kierkegaard, Schelling, Proudhon, de Tocqueville, Sorel, Strauss, Burkhardt, and Overbeck. Lowith studied under Heidegger. A forward is written by Hans-Georg Gadamer.
An Introduction to Nietzsche As Political Thinker by Keith Ansell-Pearson$22.00
Description: This is the best book I've read on the political implications and stances of Nietzsche's thought.
Nietzsche and the Feminine by Peter J. Burgard (editor) 
Description: An excellent collection of essays on the significance of the feminine in Nietzsche's writings and thought. Essays are included by Sarah Kofman, David Farrell Krell, Alan D. Schrift, Luce Irigaray, and others. Currently out of print, but new and used copies are available from independent sellers through
Nietzsche: Volume I (The Will to Power as Art) and Volume II (The Eternal Recurrence of the Same) by Martin Heidegger$24.00
Nietzsche: Volume III (The Will to Power As Knowledge) and Volume IV (Nihilism) by Martin Heidegger$24.00
Description: The only ones who now subscribe to Heidegger's take on Nietzsche are dyed-in-the-wool Heideggerians who've spent half their life-times explicating Being and Time and don't want to see their heavy labor depreciated. Heidegger is, however, indisputably, a great thinker who, even when he is entirely wrong, is still very interesting. Just as Nietzsche advised that wherever you see "Wagner" in his writings, you should read "Nietzsche," perhaps the same autobiographical approach can be taken to Heidegger's otherwise all-too-transparent misrepresentation of Nietzsche -- that is, wherever you see "Nietzsche" in his writings, you should read "Heidegger."
Zarathustra's Sister: The Case of Elizabeth and Friedrich Nietzsche by Heinz Friedrick Peters
Description: This is a fascinating biography that chronicles Nietzsche's relationship with his sister (and her relationship with him). If you're interested in learning more about this aspect of Nietzsche's life-story, as well as about Nietzsche and his sister's involvement in the Wagner circle, Nietzsche's vitriolic hatred for his sister's husband, the notorious anti-semite, Bernard Forster, the "New Germany" debacle in Paraguay, and Elizabeth's enamorment with and support for Hitler, definitely get this book! Currently out of print, but new and used copies are available from independent sellers through
Nietzsche: The Man and His Philosophy by R. J. Hollingdale$17.75
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Description: I haven't read this book yet, but just ordered it from The author, R. J. Hollingdale, is one of the two best translators of Nietzsche (the other being Kaufmann). This is apparently primarily a biography. It is the #1 book at Skidmore College, for what that's worth. Hard to think of Skidmore as a Nietzsche hotbed, but apparently it is!
Spurs: Nietzsche's Style: Eperons Les Styles De Nietzsche by Jacques Derrida$10.00
Description: A key work and author in Nietzsche's appropriation by the post-structuralists, post-modernists, and deconstructionists.
On Nietzsche by Goerges Battaile$10.47
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Description: Bataille, like Derrida, is a key figure in the post-1968 French reception of Nietzsche.
The Shortest Shadow : Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Two by Alenka Zupancic$11.87
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Description: Just started reading this book. So far, has offered several quite interesting insights.
Nietzsche and the Question of Interpretation: Between Hermeneutics and Deconstruction by Alan D. Schrift$28.95
Description: Deals with the important theme of interpretation in Nietzsche's works and its influence on later thinkers.

More to come!

Steve Callihan
Last Updated: January 25, 2000