Notes For Good Europeans (1903)

Thomas Common (1850–1919) completed the first authorized translations into English of Thus Spake Zarathustra and two other titles before Oscar Levy’s “Complete Works” project began. He was also a contributor to one of our favorite egoist journals The Eagle and The Serpent (1898). Common published at regular intervals during the years 1903 to 1909 ten numbers of a small periodical entitled variously Notes for Good Europeans and The Good European Point of View. The journal, though dedicated to Nietzsche studies, also discussed Ragnar Redbeard, Shakespeare, G.B. Shaw and other topics.

The journal is incredibly rare, and we hope to provide more information in the future. Many thanks to the International Institute of Social History for scans of the covers of issues 1-4.

Prospectus

Its motto is from Nietzsche, “In a word — and it shall be an honorable word — we are Good Europeans …. the heirs of thousands of years of the European spirit.” Its purpose is expressed in its first number as follows : “Our general purpose is to spread the best and most important knowledge relating to human well-being among those who are worthy to receive it, with a view to reducing the knowledge to practice, after some degree of unanimity has been attained. . . As Nietzsche’s works, notwithstanding some limitations, exaggerations and minor errors, embody the foremost philosophical thought of the age, it will be one of our special objects to introduce these works to English readers.”

Masthead

subtitles: The Good European Point of View
Editors: Thomas Common
Subjects: Nietzsche and related topics.


Index of Issues

Notes for Good Europeans | No. 1 | Autumn 1903
Subtitle: The Good European Point of View
edited by: Thomas Common

The New Outlook 1
Our Purpose 12
Nietzsche Bibliography 14
Bernard Shaw’s “Man And Superman” 19
Nietzsche For English Readers 26
Short Notes 31

Notes for Good Europeans | No. 2 | Winter 1903-4
Subtitle: The Good European Point of View
edited by: Thomas Common

The Use And Abuse Of Religion 33
Defects Of Popular Secularism 41
What To Think Of Shakespeare? 53
Nietzsche For English Readers 62
Short Notes 63

Notes for Good Europeans | No. 3 | Spring 1904
Subtitle: The Good European Point of View
edited by: Thomas Common

The Classification Of Words 65
New Religious Formulae 78
What To Think Of Shakespeare? 84
Short Notes 95

Notes for Good Europeans | No. 4 | Summer 1904
Subtitle: The Good European Point of View
edited by: Thomas Common

The Classification Of Ideas 97
New Religious Formulae-II. 106
The Functions Of Philosophers 111
Egoism–Its Error And Truth 117
Short Notes 123