Happy Birthday, Friedrich Nietzsche, Philosopher

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"Nietzsche's actual thought is a system, at the beginning of which stands the death of God the ensuing nihilism, and at its end the self-surmounting of nihilism in eternal recurrence," Nietzsche scholar Karl Lowith once wrote, capturing the intensity, depth and wildly compelling contradictions inherent in the German philosopher's oeuvre.

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Louis

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Nov 12, 2010
 
Nietzsche's ok, but Soren Kierkegaard is a way better philosopher and writer than Nietzsche.
Vivek Golikeri

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Mar 15, 2013
 
Nietzsche's concept of the Overman or Superman was essential a re-telling of the old Hindu doctrine of the inner struggle between the higher self and the lower self. He wrote "Man is a rope tied between beast and Superman. The Superman is the meaning of the Earth."

Nietzsche essentially wanted us to conquer the beast within and rise to greater heights of glory and accomplishment. Trouble is, in either denying God or pointing out the demise of faith, he became so arrogant that he seems to have made a deity of himself, or at least of his ideas.

This is where Nietzsche and Hindu philosophy part company. Indian thought teaches that the beast within ( the ego ) can only truly be overcome in humility, in realizing one's oneness with the Divine. Nietzsche sought to raise himself or humanity to divinity without humility or compassion. Result? His writings were hijacked by the Nazis and misrepresented to justify their reign of horror.
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Mar 15, 2013
 

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I always heard that the most productive Germans had some Slavic roots.

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