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Nietzsche: the man and his philosophy (R.J. Hollingdale ). A Presentation by: Alberto Mendoza. A Public Announcement:. Nietzsche and the Matrix?. 1. The Child. “The Protestant pastor is the grandfather of German philosophy” – (The Anti-Christ, 10). 2. The Schoolboy.

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1 the child
1. The Child
  • “The Protestant pastor is the grandfather of German philosophy” – (The Anti-Christ, 10).
2 the schoolboy
2. The Schoolboy
  • “Youth is disagreeable: for in youth it is either not possible or not sensible to be productive, in whatever case” – (Human, All Too Human , 539).
3 the student
3. The Student
  • “Everything he is now doing is worthy and quite in order, yet he has a bad conscience about it. For the extraordinary is his task” – (Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality, 186).
4 the professor
4. The Professor
  • “He who possesses deals harshly with his cirtues and interests of the second rank” – (Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality, 266).
5 wagner schopenhauer darwin and the greeks
5. Wagner, Schopenhauer, Darwin and the Greeks
  • “For me they were steps, I have climbed up upon them—therefore I had to pass over them. But they thought I wanted to settle down on them” (Twilight of the Idols, or How To Philosophize with a Hammer, I, 142).
6 basel and bayreuth
6. Basel and Bayreuth
  • Wagner was merely one of my illnesses. Not that I should wish to be ungrateful to this illness…the philosopher is not free to dispense with Wagner…I would understand what a philosopher means who declared: ‘Wagner summarisesmodernity. There is nothing for it, one must first be a Wagnerian’ – (The Wagner Case. A Musicians Problem, Vorwort).
what nietzsche really said robert c solomon and kathleen higgins
What Nietzsche Really Said (Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen Higgins)

Chapter 1, Rumors: Wine, Women, and Wagner.

solomon and higgins on these rumors
Solomon and Higgins on these rumors.
  • “The infamous ad hominem argument, “Nietzsche was crazy, so don’t take anything he wrote seriously,” can still be heard in some philosophy seminars. Nietzsche’s supposedly right-wing political views continue to be cited and abused in intelligent street conversation, and Nietzsche’s supposed hatred of women is so well established as a bulwark of patriarchy that it is accepted even y those who should know better. Nietzsche’s alleged affiliation with Hitler and the Nazis survives fifty years after Walter Kaufmann debunked that vile association; and Nietzsche’s imagined love of raw, brute power remains a staple of quasi-philosophical college lore.” (What Nietzsche Really Said, Pg.3-4, Solomon and Higgins)
rumor 1 nietzsche was crazy
Rumor #1. Nietzsche Was Crazy
  • True he suffered from mental illness at the end of his life from 1889-1900 (last ten years).
  • Utterly incompetent (in the clinical sense), and did not write at all.
  • Some scholars claim to say Nietzsche was already mad when he wrote his last book Ecce Homo.
  • In it he had chapters called “Why I am So Wise,” “Why I Am So Clever,” “Why I Write Such Excellent Books,” and “Why I Am A Destiny.”
  • “But Nietzsche was a masterful and uninhibited wit, and irony as a form of philosophizing had its precedents.”
  • (What Nietzsche Really Said, Pg.4-6, Solomon and Higgins)
  • How about Socrates stating that the Oracle pronounced that he was the wisest man in Athens to anyone who would listen (including the jury who condemned him!)
  • Was Socrates crazy? No!
  • “Nietzsche’s implicit comparison with Socrates is hardly modest, but pseudo-self-aggrandizement hardly counts as “crazy.””
  • Nietzsche is said to have collapsed in Turin in January 1889 after trying to protect a horse from being beaten.
  • As he tried to protect the horse, Nietzsche collapsed, lost consciousness, and his sanity.
  • (What Nietzsche Really Said, Pg.4-6, Solomon and Higgins)
  • Nietzsche wrote to a former colleague of his at Basel (Jakob Burckhardt) after his collapse.
  • He wrote: “Dear Professor: In the end I would much rather be a Basel professor than God; but I have not dared push my private egoism so far as to desist for its sake from the creation of the world. You see, one must make sacrifices however and wherever one lives…”
  • A distressed Burckhardt shows the letter to one of Nietzsche’s friends, Franz Overbeck who had also received a letter from Nietzsche, but, signing it “Dionysus”, and claiming “I am just having all anti-Semites shot.”
  • Overbeck goes to Turin, takes Nietzsche to as nursing home in Basel, eventually arranging for his hospitalization in an asylum in Jena.
ciao fritz we hardly knew ye
Ciao Fritz, We hardly knew ye!
  • “The time has not come for me either. Some people are born posthumously” – (Ecce Homo, Why I Write Such Good Books, I).