The Life & Philosophy Of Friedrich Nietzsche



Philosophy Class Essay Born: 1844. Rocken, Germany Died: 1900. Weimar,
Germany Major Works: The Gay Science (1882), Thus Spoke Zarathustra
(1883-1885), Beyond Good & Evil (1886), On the Genealogy of Morals (1887),
MAJOR IDEAS

Self deception is a particularly destructive characteristic of
West Culture. Life is The Will To Power; our natural desire is to
dominate and reshape the world to fit our own preferences and assert our
personal strength to the fullest degree possible. Struggle, through which
individuals achieve a degree of power commensurate with their abilities,
is the basic fact of human existence. Ideals of human equality perpetuate
mediocrity -- a truth that has ...

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career. I took this
as a good sign I would find a fountain of enlightened material produced by
the man. I've had to go through a bit of my own philosophical meditations
to put my own value judgements aside, and truly look for the contributions
Nietzsche gave to philosophy. Much of my understanding came only after I
had a grasp of Neitzsche's history; therefore, I encourage you to read-up
on his history before diving into his philosophy (see Appendix I). The
modern Westerner might disagree with every aspect of his philosophy, but
there are many things one must unfortunately admit are true (only if you
put your morality aside). So, from here, I will present his
contributions to philosophy, and do my best to delete my own opinions,
other than to say that he was not the chosen topic of this paper out of
any admiration.

THE PHILOSOPHY OF FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

Sometimes philosophy is called "timeless," implying that it's lessons are
of value to any generation. This may be ...

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God: the "Overman" or "Superman." These Gods were a product of
natural selection, or social Darwinism. He felt, very strongly, that any
kind of moral limitations upon man would only stand in the way of The
Overman. "The Will To Power," his strongest teaching, meant that The
Overman should and would do anything possible to gain power, control and
strength. If one showed the smallest bit of weakness or morality, he would
be killed by the stronger Overman, and taken over. Thus, the advancement
of The Master Race (Nietzsche's "Master Race" will be discussed later).

"Not mankind, but superman is the goal. The very last thing a
sensible man would undertake would be to improve ...

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