What was Nietzsche's Best book?

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Reply Sun 8 Nov, 2009 05:35 pm
Which published book do you think was Nietzsche's best and why?

The Birth of Tragedy
Untimely Meditations/Unfashionable Observations
Human, All Too Human
The Dawn/Daybreak
The Gay Science
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Beyond Good and Evil
On the Genealogy of Morals
The Case of Wagner
The Twilight of Idols
The Antichrist
Ecce Homo
Will To Power (wasn't finished in Nietzsche's lifetime, but I'll put it in anyway)

If I leave out any of Nietzsche's published works please say. It would be preferable to create a poll for this, but I don't seem to be able to.
Reply Sun 8 Nov, 2009 06:44 pm
Genealogy of Morals for me -- most readable, insightful, and flabbergasting

You've left out Will to Power, not sure about any others
Reply Sun 8 Nov, 2009 08:53 pm
Since Nietzsche was far from a systematic philosopher, it is difficult to say which of his published books is best, since each explores many of the basic themes of his philosophy from different perspectives.

If Nietzsche had a Republic, then it might very well be Beyond Good and Evil.
Reply Mon 9 Nov, 2009 11:14 pm
Well, I really enjoy the Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and Beyond Good and Evil. All the books are very related in their concepts, and may be Nietzsche at his most creative. If you want some indepth essays, Untimely Meditations is excellent.
Reply Tue 10 Nov, 2009 12:48 am
Beyond Good and Evil is the best book I've ever read.
Reply Tue 10 Nov, 2009 07:33 am
"To me it seems one of the rarest distinctions that a man can accord to himself if he takes one of of my books into his hands..."
Ecce Homo,"Why I Write Such Good Books," 1 (Kaufmann)
Victor Eremita
Reply Tue 10 Nov, 2009 09:35 pm
I would go with Genealogy
Reply Fri 27 Nov, 2009 05:43 pm
Genealogy. But reading only one is self-mutilation.

Runners up: BG&E, Twilight, Ecce (nothing like it, awful and sublime...)

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