Book Report On The Book ' Le Gai Savoir '

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I remember the first time I heard about Nietzsche was a few years ago, in my chemistry class. I had a friend who spent all his time, in science classes, reading books about philosophy. His nonconformity caught my attention. I started to be interested by the big mustache of the author on the cover page of his book Le Gai Savoir, because I knew, of course, that all authors with big mustache – such as Victor Hugo and Albert Einstein – wrote about great things! So I started to read Nietzsche 's works. Then, one day, my dad caught me reading Le Gai Savoir and he told me that this philosopher, born in a town near Leipzig on 15 October 1844 (Wotling 797), had changed the way he perceived his life. He told me that when he was eighteen in China, he was very poor and due to his stressful condition, he failed the final admission exam for a university. Because of the high amount of population and competition in China, the final exam decides unfortunately the fate of a person. He had developed depression. However, one day, he bought a Nietzsche 's book and started to read it. He told me that Nietzsche 's poetry and positive ideas motivated him to change his life, to be greater, and to "become who [he really is]" (Nietzsche, Le Gai Savoir 251). And this is why he wasn 't afraid of immigrating to Canada with my mother. In this essay, I will introduce this great philosopher and I will show that he agrees with the point of view of Socrates that "an unexamined life is not worth living",

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