Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche was a 19th c. German philosopher, cultural critic, and poet, who wrote extensively on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science. He was greatly influential to the philosophical schools of existentialism, postmodernism, and post-structuralism.

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Did Friedrich Nietzsche agree with Hitler?

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There is no doubt that Hitler and many of his fellow Nazi's found a hero in Nietzsche. The philosophers preference for wars is clear. Hitler was a frequent visitor to the Nietzsche museum and was an avid reader of the German philosopher. In particular, Nietzsche's hope for a coming "elite" to rule the world fit nicely in Hitler's ideas. Now, as to what would Nietzsche would think of much of Hitler's politics of war, we do not know. As for anti-semitism, many Europeans had that in their bones, most prominently Martin Luther. But, if there were no such people as Jews, it would not have changed Hitler's views of world conquest.
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The belief in truth begins with the doubt of all truths in which one has previously believed - Nietzsche?

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On a basic level, in order to see existence for what it really is the individual must question their own beliefs; Skepticism is important to understanding to Nietzsche.
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What book Carl Jung write about Nietzsche?

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Jung makes mention of Nietzsche throughout his writings. However, Jung's Seminar on Nietzsche's Zarathustra is a transcription of lectures Jung gave which specifically focus on Nietzsche.
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What are the main points of Nietzsche's philosophy?

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Quoted from; by Nicolas Humphrey from his book Leaps of Faith Does it matter if, as the analysis of the last chapters seems to show, this nightmare characterization turns out to be in all essentials true? That Nietzsche was right? That we really are body entirely and nothing beside? And that the soul, being only a word for something in the body, is in effect a word for no soul worth the name?........." For full text, see link "On The Wings of a Dove" http://www.positiveatheism.org/writ/dovewing.htm
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Why did Friedrich Nietzsche attack democracy and socialism in The Will to Power?

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Because all states, whether it's a little in democracy, a lot in socialism, or totally in communism, take away power from the individual...and the individual's ability to act on his/her will.
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What book does Jung write about Nietzsche?

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Carl Jung never wrote a book on Nietzsche. He gave lectures, over several years during the 1930s which was ended due to the Second world war breaking out in Europe. A book "Seminar on Nietzsche's Zarathustra" was compiled from the notes of the students attending. Jung had already died when the book was published. Vjim Filomena, Kingston, NY
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Was Friedrich Nietzsche an atheist?

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No, he saw the atheists as being as dogmatic as the theists in their respective beliefs. He didn't even try to prove or disprove God's existence. He just want to have a revaluation of moral values because he had seen Christians as worshiping already material things especially modern technologies.
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What ideas did the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche have to say about Western ideas?

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The famous existentialist philosopher, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche seemed to have no kind words for the so-called Judaeo-Christian world and its ideals and ideas. In fact, when reading Nietzsche, one can easily come to the conclusion he hated everything about the world. In this he was a fore-runner of a later day existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre. After all, we are all thrown into this world without our consent, and have no obligation to honor anything but oneself. With that said, his view of Western values can be misleading and difficult to understand. Like Hegel, Nietzsche thinks aloud and his writings display his thinking and rethinking of a multitude of ideas. In Europe, he recalls the "Enlightenment" . To him nothing but nonsense. This is best seen in one of his famous quotes ( he is quoted perhaps more with the exceptions of Aristotle and Plato ) For Nietzsche, it can be seen that throughout immense expanses of time, the intellect has produced nothing but errors. He had no use for other philosophers or Western leaders. He was an apocalyptic thinker and in this way he had an influence on Adolph Hitler. He too was in the school of apocalyptic thinkers. For him and for Nietzsche, all the world came to naught. This is seen in Hitler's ideas as his early military successes showed the valor of Germans. And, later after military disasters in the Soviet Union, he demanded no retreat. If his armies failed, it was because they were not true Germans. To carry this a bit further, one can recall the "no surrender" edict for Japanese forces besieged on Iwo Jima. No surrender possible resulting in 22,000 plus Japanese soldiers being killed.
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Why would Freidrich Nietzsche say God is dead do you think that many people today feel that God religion or spirituality is irrelevant?

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Nietzsche was not talking about God as a 'person'. What he meant by this was that Christian morality as represented by God no longer was and should be the source of absolute moral principles. As to 'why': Nietzsche thought that religion was a restraining force on people's ability to discover and live by the values that the natural and supernatural world has to offer. Truth be told, religion by the end of the 19th century was often used to restrain people's freedom of thought - as it still is today in the Muslim world. As to the relevance of religion today: it varies greatly across the globe. As already said, millions of Muslims all over the world today feel the growing pressure of ever more orthodox and even fundamentalist tendencies in religious rules that are applied to their everyday life. Among Western countries, the US stands out as a country where Christian religion and values are still a big influence on people's thinking on morality issues; and all public figures in the US will at least try to publicly give the impression that prayer, Bible reading and upholding Christian values are their favorite pastime. In other Western countries, especially in Europe, the influence of Christian religion on peoples' thinking and convictions has much diminished and "Christian" political parties - still all-powerful in the Fifties and Sixties - play an almost marginal role today. Political leaders in Europe practically never refer to their religious convictions, even if they still have them and any moral opinions given by churches (even the Roman Catholic Church ) in Europe are duly noted but rarely sway opinion or decisions. That doesn't make religion or spirituality 'irrelevant', though. The mixture of Christian beliefs, Graeco-Roman philosophy and Enlightenment thinking are still at the basis of almost all laws and conventions in all Western countries, even if their citizens are today no longer restrained by any rules of 'religious thinking'.
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What does Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche mean when he asserts that mankind has killed God?

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Nietzsche wasn't saying he believed there was a real god who had been killed, but that using belief in God as the foundation of moral principles no longer applied.
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How do you spell Nietzsche in Hebrew?

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Nietzsche = ניטשה
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Is Nietzsche dead?

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Yes; German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche died on August 25th, 1900 CE of pneumonia.
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Did Nietzsche think that life is meaningless?

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Nietzche Popularized the idea that God is dead and therefor it stood to reason that life was meaningless. Another Perspective Nietzsche was an extremely interesting and complex personality. Any discussion can only be brief. An online search will yield thousands of interesting sources of in depth information. He was terribly wrong about a lot of things and wonderfully right about a lot of things. His insight on many topics can be stunning. There is so much more to his idea that life is meaningless. Nietzsche thought that Christianity was a fraud. He hated its teachings that imposed a confining framework for life by insisting that there was a life beyond this one. He hated the reality that so many people wasted this life for a promised afterlife. He hated the fictional burden of guilt imposed by religion and how it stifled human development. He thought the very idea of a need for meaning was a product of Christianity that manifested itself in illusions of meaning. Christianity created in itself the ultimate meaning for existence and was used by the patriarchal White Man to dominate the world. Nietzsche didn't see 'meaninglessness' as a problem. He saw it as an opportunity. He thought if we were free from the need for meaning then humanity could remake itself: Freedom provided an opportunity for self-improvement with the goal of becoming a super person being fully in charge of one's own existence
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Where was Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche buried?

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Nietzsche is buried in Röcken, Germany.
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Who was Friedrich Nietzsche?

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You are most likely talking about Friedrich Nietzsche, an existentialist German philosopher from the 19th century. A man of bold words and ideas, he has been perhaps one of the polarizing philosophers in history, especially due to his many attacks on Christian ideology and ethics, and because of the misappropriation of his works by the Nazis. He also remains an important character for his role in developing the theory of existentialism.
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How do you pronounce Nietzsche?

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His full name is pronounced: frē'drĭkh vĭl'hĕlm nē'chə
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How old was Friedrich Nietzsche at death?

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Friedrich Nietzsche died on August 25, 1900 at the age of 55.
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How did Nietzsche die?

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Friedrich Nietzsche, the philosopher thought to have died of syphilis, was the victim of a posthumous smear campaign by anti-Nazis, new research shows. A study of medical records has found that, far from suffering a sexually transmitted disease that drove him mad, Nietzsche almost certainly died of brain cancer. The doctor who carried out the study claims that the universally accepted story of Nietzsche having caught syphilis from prostitutes was concocted after World War II by Wilhelm Lange-Eichbaum, an academic who was one of Nietzsche's most vociferous critics. It was then adopted as fact by intellectuals who were keen to demolish the reputation of Nietzsche, whose idea of a "superman" was used to underpin Nazism. The new research was done by Leonard Sax, the director of the Montgomery Centre for Research in Child Development in the United States. Dr Sax studied accounts of Nietzsche's collapse with dementia in 1889, when he was admitted to an asylum in Switzerland and initially diagnosed as being in the advanced stages of syphilis.
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When was Friedrich Nietzsche born?

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Friedrich Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844.
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What is nietzsche's will to power?

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Nietzsche's "will to power" is a metaphysical concept which was created to oppose Schopenhauer's theory of "will to live" and Darwin's evolution theory. Nietzsche thought that all the animals and other organic things, including humans, didn't just try to stay safe and alive all the time but they took many risks that could cost their lives like waging a war. "Will to power" is individual's desire to expose its influence or desire to release its internal energy; exposing influence is seen when a stronger individual subordinates a weaker one, and releasing internal energy is displayed e.g. in art. According to Nietzsche, all the active force's of universe can be reduced to "will to power" including moral which was created to build up a society where the creators of the moral themselves were the ruling class.
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What did Nietzsche believe about god?

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that god was an invention of humanity, and that rational enlightenment led to humanity no longer needing god.
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How did nietzsche prove religion wrong?

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Nietzsche said that the ideas and statements of religion were proved to be false by science. For example a flat earth, the earth in the middle of our solar system. =============================================== (These were very powerful arguments, until one day, somebody noticed that the Bible doesn't make either of those claims.)
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What prompted Nietzsche to become atheist?

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Nietzsche wasn't really atheist at the term's real meaning. He thought that believing in god was just wasting your life; man's true happiness is found on Earth, not in Heaven. By "God is dead" Nietzsche meant that Christianity was loosing its monopoly to tell people what is right and what is wrong.
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How did Friedrich Nietzsche die?

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Friedrich Nietzsche died of a brain tumor, as his father died of the same thing before him, and at about the same age (what the autopsy then determined to be "liquifaction of the brain" was actually a massive brain tumor-induced degeneration of one half of the left hemisphere of the brain tissue for Nietzshe's father) Nietzsche's sister Elizabeth recounted on numerous occasions that when Friedrich was invalid, he would blow his nose in a handkerchief, and she noticed at that time what she thought was "brain matter" coming out his nose. The symptomology of Nietzsche's condition supports the brain tumor diagnosis. Migraines, and vision problems are typical of a growing brain tumor, and not typical of syphillis. Friedrick Nietzsche did not have syphillis, because he did not have SEX. Syphillitics have symptoms such as degenerating hand writing, and Nietzsche never had this, and it is proven by his notes. The reasons for the claim of Nietzsche having syphillis are two fold: Back in the day (1800's), ANY "neuro type" disease which could not be properly diagnosed was included under the umbrella "syphillis". Also, after WWII, many left leaning and liberal intellectuals wanted to discredit Friedrich Nietzsche with such claims of "moral impropriety" by suggesting he was frequenting brothels on a regular basis. There is simply no account that Nietzsche ever HAD sex...with anybody.

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