THE COMPLETE WORKS OF FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Vol. 14 and Vol. 16, edited by Alan D. Schrift and Duncan Large, Stanford University Press

Friedrich Nietzsche – Unpublished Fragments (Spring 1885-Spring 1886)

Translated, with an Afterword, by Adrian Del Caro, The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, vol. 16



     This volume of The Complete Works provides the first English translation of all Nietzsche’s unpublished notes from April 1885 to the summer of 1886, the period in which he wrote his breakthrough philosophical books Beyond Good and Evil and On the Genealogy of Morality. Keen to reinvent himself after Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the philosopher used these unpublished notes to chart his search for a new philosophical voice. The notebooks contain copious drafts of book titles; critical retrospection on his earlier projects; a critique of the feminine; prophetic commentary on Germany; and forays into metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and language. They also reveal his deep concern for Europe and its future and a burgeoning presence of the Dionysian. We learn what Nietzsche was reading and from whom he borrowed, and we find a considerable portion of notes and fragments from the non-book “Will to Power,” though here they are unembellished and unmediated. Richly annotated and accompanied by a detailed translator’s afterword, this landmark volume sheds light on the controversy surrounding the Nachlass of the 1880s.


Stanford, Stanford University Press,

October 2019

616 p.

ISBN : 9781503608726


Friedrich Nietzsche – Unpublished Fragments from the Period of Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Summer 1882-Spring 1883/84)

Translated, with an Afterword, by Paul S. Loeb and David F. Tinsley, The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, vol. 14


     This volume provides the first English translation of Nietzsche’s unpublished notebooks from 1882–1884, the period in which he was composing the book that he considered his best and most important work, Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Crucial transitional documents in Nietzsche’s intellectual development, the notebooks mark a shift into what is widely regarded as the philosopher’s mature period. They reveal his long-term design of a fictional tetralogy charting the philosophical, pedagogical, and psychological journeys of his alter-ego, Zarathustra. Here, in nuce, appear Zarathustra’s teaching about the death of God; his discovery that the secret of life is the will to power; and his most profound and most frightening thought—that his own life, human history, and the entire cosmos will eternally return. During this same period, Nietzsche was also composing preparatory notes for his next book, Beyond Good and Evil, and the notebooks are especially significant for the insight they provide into his evolving theory of drives, his critical ideas about the nature and history of morality, and his initial thoughts on one of his best-known concepts, the superhuman (Übermensch).


Stanford, Stanford University Press,

July 2019

880 p.

ISBN : 9781503607521







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