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  • Published: 20 March 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141195353
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $22.99

The Will To Power




New to Penguin Classics, The Will to Power includes some of Nietzsche's most important thoughts on nihilism, metaphysics and the future of Europe.

'This world is the will to power - and nothing besides! And even you yourselves are this will to power - and nothing besides!'

One of the great minds of modernity, Friedrich Nietzsche smashed through the beliefs of his age. These writings, which did much to establish his reputation as a philosopher, offer some of his most powerful and troubling thoughts: on how the values of a new, aggressive elite will save a nihilistic, mediocre Europe, and, most famously, on the 'will to power' - ideas that were seized upon and twisted by later readers. Taken from Nietzsche's unpublished notebooks and assembled by his sister after his death, The Will to Power now appears in a clear, fluent new translation, with previous errors corrected in light of the original manuscripts.

Translated by R. Kevin Hill and Michael Scarpitti
With an introduction and notes by R. Kevin Hill

  • Pub date: 20 March 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141195353
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Friedrich Nietzsche

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Prussia in 1844. After the death of his father, a Lutheran minister, Nietzsche was raised from the age of five by his mother in a household of women. In 1869 he was appointed Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, where he taught until 1879 when poor health forced him to retire. He never recovered from a nervous breakdown in 1889 and died eleven years later.

Known for saying that 'god is dead,' Nietzsche propounded his metaphysical construct of the superiority of the disciplined individual (superman) living in the present over traditional values derived from Christianity and its emphasis on heavenly rewards. His ideas were appropriated by the Fascists, who turned his theories into social realities that he had never intended.

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