Friedrich Nietzsche


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About the book

Who the Hell is Friedrich Nietzsche? begins by telling the story of Nietzsche's life and looks at the people and events that influenced him, before going on to explore his three most important ideas in all their fascinating detail. The aim of the book is to debunk the myth that Nietzsche is a dauntingly high-brow thinker who makes no rational sense. By looking at the man himself and his key theories in a uniquely clear and accessible way, readers will discover what a brilliant writer Nietzsche really was, and one whose illuminating, daring ideas helped give birth to the modern world.

Chapter 1: Nietzsche's Life Story

Chapter 2: Influences on Nietzsche's Thinking

Chapter 3: The Death of God
This chapter explains what Nietzsche meant when he said 'God is dead', looking at his other ideas and their context within the history of philosophy and religion.

Chapter 4: Human & Superhuman
This chapter explores how and why Nietzsche came to place his concept of the Übermensch at the heart of his book, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and how it ties in with some of his key ideas, such as the Last Man and 'eternal recurrence'.

Chapter 5: The Will to Power
The final chapter explores the sources of the theory of Will to Power, examining how it resonates through much of Nietzsche's mature writing. 

About the author

Oliver Dixon is a freelance writer based in Hertfordshire, UK. His first book of poems, Human Form, was published by Penned in the Margins in 2013, a poem from which was Highly Commended in the Forward Prize 2014. His poems and reviews have appeared in The Sunday Times, PN Review, Poetry London and New Welsh Review. As well as poetry, Oliver's other passion is philosophy, having read and studied extensively on the subject. He also works as a manager and teacher of students with learning disabilities.


"It would not be controversial to say that Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most influential Philosophers of the 19th century. Undoubtedly you’ve heard a quote from one of his works, be it a lazy pop-culture reference from the latest Hollywood blockbuster, or an even lazier reference from a first year Philosophy undergraduate. What is far less clear is what he meant by these quotes, and how they fit in with his Philosophical theories.

‘Who the hell is Friedrich Nietzsche’ by Oliver Dixon shines some light on the history and thought of Nietzsche in an accessible and unambiguous manner. The first two chapters of the book provide historical context to the progression of Nietzsche’s thought throughout his career; looking at both his life story and Philosophical influences. Dixon’s book takes particular care in presenting Nietzsche’s work in the context of other popular schools of Philosophy of the time, and how these theories influenced his own Philosophy.

Where the book really excels is in presenting some of the big theses that Nietzsche presents in his works. Whilst there is still much disagreement in the world of Philosophy over what exactly Nietzsche was trying to say, Dixon does a great job of presenting three of the key themes of Nietzsche’s work with both clarity and accuracy. I would highly recommend this book to anyone getting into Philosophy or anyone who just wants to learn more about one of the most misunderstood figures in modern Philosophy."

Jamie Corish | The Philosophy Foundation