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Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche was a proto-modernist—that is to say, a forerunner of modernism, in that, like Marx and Freud, he was a "master of suspicion." What this means is that he didn't take contemporary culture...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019 7:04 pm UTC

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche is an unusual influence in philosophy in that his works were not considered significant until well after his death. He drew from many different sources to create his ideas of...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2012 8:09 pm UTC

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Friedrich Nietzsche

In terms of the history of the world, the most important influence that Nietzsche had on the 20th century was his influence on Adolf Hitler. Hitler was strongly influenced by Nietzsche in his...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2012 5:11 am UTC

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Friedrich Nietzsche

In La Gaya Scienza (or, in English, The Gay Science or The Joyful Wisdom), Friedrich Nietzsche proposes that God—specifically, the Christian God—is dead. What Nietzsche means by this, and how it...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2021 10:02 pm UTC

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche's assertion that God is dead appears first in The Gay Science, where he writes, God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020 5:28 am UTC

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche is important in the history of the world for two main reasons. First, because he was part of an intellectual movement towards modernism in the late 1800s. Second, because his...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2013 4:19 pm UTC

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Friedrich Nietzsche

It is never easy to express Friedrich Nietzsche's views on anything, since he enjoys paradox, changes his mind frequently, and tends to contradict himself, even within the same work. His ideas...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2021 10:30 pm UTC

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Friedrich Nietzsche

There are several philosophical interpretations of Nietzsche's statement that "God is dead." Nietzsche's notion of a god symbolizes how the universe was thought to operate before the Enlightenment...

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Here are some of the most essential ideas in Nietzsche's philosophy. Nietzsche was not a programmatic thinker, and his ideas often have something more like the quality of poetic insights than...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2019 8:19 am UTC

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche does not like the Western world’s foundation of morality because he sees it as contrived, self-serving, and limiting. Early on in The Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche makes the...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2021 8:23 pm UTC

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Friedrich Nietzsche

The will to power is a central idea in Nietzsche's philosophy. It is, to him, the main force that drives the ways in which human beings behave. Nietzsche felt that all human beings (and indeed...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2012 12:50 am UTC

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Friedrich Nietzsche

If we take the most basic reading of Nietzsche's ideas of "God is Dead," one can see how Pope Pius IX would clearly define it as an error based on his own logic in the "Syllabus." Consider the...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2013 2:00 pm UTC

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Friedrich Nietzsche

In Thus Spake Zarathrustra he uses the ancient Greek hierarchy of gods to illustrate what he saw as two sides of the human essence, roughly the reasoning, intelligent side that conduct life in a...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013 5:26 pm UTC

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche meant that the act of loving is transparent and needs no proof or claim. Nietzsche believed all knowledge was falsification. He believed that "thought" was always self-serving and came...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2009 5:09 pm UTC

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