Which is the best order to read Nietszche in? Should I even bother at all?
I can choose between The Anti Christ, Ecce Homo, Twilight Of The Idols, Nietszche contra Wagner, Hammer of the Gods, Human, all too human and Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
yes but one does not simply go from plato to nietzsche. i keep hearing about this one hume, or was it one kant, and he seems important to fully appreciating the work one nietzsche performed prior to this ones existence. and yet one does not go from plato to hume, or kant. so if one of you ones could direct this one to a fucking chronological short list of philosophical works that'd be fucking great
I recently took a course on Nietzsche. We began by reading The Three Metamorphoses of the Spirit from Thus Spoke Zarathustra and some sections of The Gay Science, but we focused on Beyond Good and Evil and the Genealogy of Morals. I thought it was a great introduction to Nietzsche. Of course you could also go with Ecce Homo for some great chapter titles like "Why I Am So Wise", "Why I Am So Clever", and "Why I Write Such Good Books". In any case, stay away from The Will to Power
Probably because they were contemporaries. Sure, Schopy would help, but not necessary to reading. He doesn't give necessary background that can't be gathered from previous philosophers.
tl;dr you can just as easily read Schopy as Nietzsche once you have proficient background knowledge and vice versa
If that is your only choice I would say good luck understanding him at all. To play along with your access limitation I would just say Twilight of the Idols then Thus Spoke Zarathustra is your best bet at understanding the most of his ideas - if you are already atheist and don't care about his bromances or where he is coming from, you just want to see what he is doing.
A good order to read his major significant works after reading lots of other philosophy, he is a philosopher's philosopher after all, is as follows:
The Gay Science, 1882, 1887
Twilight of the Idols, 1888
On the Genealogy of Morals, 1887
Beyond Good and Evil, 1886
Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 1883–5
The rest is needed to understand the man or an underlying intertwined fascete of his major ideas presented here.
It's more single minded, flows in one direction, and doesn't really require rereads compared to BGE which is it's own beast. Maybe it 'answers' BGE to a certain extent but I think it also sets it up nicely too, perhaps the best order might involve the rereading order too, depends on the person.