Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche, born in 1844, was descended from a long line of clergymen. He was called the “little minister” by the children in his school because it was assumed that he would follow the family tradition and become a minister one day. Nietzsche lost his father at the age of five to a fall that caused a brain ailment; he was raised by his mother, paternal grandmother, and several maiden aunts. Nietzsche was a loner as a child and spent much of his time studying the Bible. He attended elite boarding schools and universities where he began to reject religious teachings in favor of philosophy and science. The philosopher Schopenhauer's World as Will and Idea was influential in the development of Nietzsche’s ideas and personal philosophy.

Nietzsche became a professor of classical philology at the University of Basle when he was only 25 years old. Philology is the study of the linguistics and literature of classical languages. His first book, The Birth of Tragedy, was written in 1872 and discussed the distinction between the rational and passionate sides of human nature as illustrated by the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus. Nietzsche later went on to become one of the most influential of modern philosophers, laying the foundation for existentialist philosophy. He taught that people should live their lives and take risks as if there is nothing beyond this life instead of basing decisions on the hope of an afterlife. Nietzsche was a prolific writer, with some of his most well-known works being The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and Untimely Meditations.

Students all over the world, whether they attend online colleges, elite, universities, or local community colleges, have enjoyed studying the philosophy of this influential man.

Nietzsche's Writings

Nietzsche Quotes: Assorted Opinions and Maxims

The Nietzsche Channel: Published and Unpublished Writings

Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche-- Complete text

Friedrich Nietzsche; The Collected Works

Nietzsche: The Problem of Autumn, photo feature from The Good European by Krell and Bates

Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche - Project Gutenberg

Nietzsche's The Anti-Christ Translated by H.L. Mencken

Writings on Nietzsche

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Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Lecture 2: Nietzsche, Freud and the Thrust toward Modernism

Nietzsche’s Use of Metaphor, by John Hartmann

The Influence of Nietzsche

Bart Bryant- Apollo and Dionysus: From Warfare to Assimilation in The Birth of Tragedy and Beyond Good and Evil

Study Guide for Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Nietzsche as Critic and Captive of Enlightenment by Lewis Call

Friedrich Nietzsche and Satanism

Philosophy: Discussion of Quotes and Ideas of German Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

The Pink Swastika and Friedrich Nietzsche — Warren Throckmorton

Nietzsche Web Pages

Friedrich Nietzsche (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Existential Primer: Friedrich Nietzsche

Philosophy – "Friedrich Nietzsche" (video)

Friedrich Nietzsche Society

The Nietzsche Chronicle: An illustrated timeline

Friedrich Nietzsche Picture Gallery

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900) - Find a Grave Memorial

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Open Directory - Society: Philosophy: Philosophers: Nietzsche, Friedrich

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