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Friedrich Nietzsche and the Matrix

- In the film, The Matrix, the human race is forced into a “dream state” by a powerful group that controls their reality. “The Matrix” is a false reality where people live an ordinary life. However, this reality, or illusion, is being forced onto people who readily accept it as truth. This concept is where Friedrich Nietzsche’s essay, “On Truth and Lies in a Moral Sense” (1873) begins its argument. Nietzsche begins his argument by explaining that we have a need to form groups or “herds”. To keep these groups together “a uniformly valid and binding designation is given to things” (452)....   [tags: Friedrich Nietzsche]

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The Philosophy of Nietzsche

- As Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher once wrote in his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, “When Zarathustra was alone, however he said to his heart: ‘could it be possible. This old saint in the forest has not yet heard of it, that God is dead.” (479). And again in his parable of the mad man: “The insane man jumped into their midst and transfixed them with his glances. " Where is God gone. " he called out. " I mean to tell you. We have killed him, -- you and I. We are all his murderers. But how have we done it....   [tags: Freidrich Nietzsche, Germna Philosopher, Analysis]

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Nietzsche 's On The Genealogy Of Morality

- ... Master morality is practiced by the stronger people – “the masters”. The idea is that these people hold the power to make the definitions and thus define themselves as good and those unlike themselves as bad. Thus the noble, strong and powerful become good and the weak, cowardly and shy become the bad. The idea of good originates from the noble people themselves and the idea of bad comes along as an afterthought to describe everything which is not good. In this way “the masters” are the ones who create morality and “the slaves” are the ones who respond to it....   [tags: Friedrich Nietzsche, Ressentiment, Slavery]

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The Gay Science,by Friedrich Nietzsche

- 1) Nietzsche could have written The Gay Science differently. What justifies the style of composition he chose. More importantly, is his style of writing effective. What relation do you see between the style of his writing and the content of thought it expresses. Nietzsche's style of writing was a deliberate stylistic choice meant to hide the meaning of his work and philosophy from those who would not be able to understand it, and through there misunderstanding would abuse it. This writing style was also meant to help support and give meaning to Nietzsche's arguments on the nature of language and how language is, at its root a metaphor describing an object that is disconnected from us....   [tags: The Gay Science, Friedrich Nietzsche]

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What for Nietzsche is the Meaning of the Death of God?

- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) has born as a philologist and not as a philosopher, even though his innovating way of thinking, influenced remarkably the view on the meaning of life within the whole modern Europe. It is considered one of those great minds, as Marx and Freud, which have been able to create a new ideology to rely on, to create a new perspective both socially and psychologically, to give human kind a chance to open to the true consciousness, to revaluate the ethics of life and the true moral values....   [tags: friederich nietzsche, god, christianity]

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Nietzsche 's Views On Nature And Strength

- ... The will to power is an unjust treatment of man to man including exploration of another man’s strength and weaknesses. Secondly, the will to power is accompanied by the energy and forces in human that affirms everything that magnify the feeling of power to be good. To Nietzsche, power means strength and the will to command one 's body and the body of others. The Strength of a man is favored over the weakness of another man hence the inability to do evil is considered a weakness. Although, the will to power does not necessarily calls for a man to hurt another man; it is an assertion of oneself as naturalistic and master of morality....   [tags: Morality, Religion, Human, Friedrich Nietzsche]

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Nietzsche 's Conception Of The And Social Norms

- Explanation Nietzsche’s conception of the “social straightjacket” and the history of morality in relation to selfhood and social norms. Nietzsche starts his explanation of the genealogy of morals by evaluating the origin of a version of the word “good”. He posits that what is good is described by the person it is most useful for, essentially that what is “good” is subject to the perspective of the person who is on the receiving end of the action. Nietzsche also provides an alternative view to its origin, he claims that instead of “good” being defined by the person who benefits from the action, rather that the noble and powerful have claimed the right to define their actions and values as “go...   [tags: Morality, Sociology, Friedrich Nietzsche, Value]

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Beyond Good and Evil: Nietzsche's Philosophy on Good and Evil

- Friedrich Nietzsche was a philosopher in the 1800’s. His work has since influenced, impacted, and brought forth new questions for many philosophers to follow. One of Nietzsche’s famous writings Beyond Good and Evil expresses his views on society and the two different classes it holds, slave and master. He expresses his belief that the two are in warfare with one another, the strong (master) fighting for the will to power, while the weak (slave) tries to pull the master down to their level using clandestine forms of revenge....   [tags: Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche]

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Nietzsche's Revaluation of All Values

- In the nineteenth century, popular philosophy - particularly the Hegelian dialectic - professed that mankind was developing in an upward direction, becoming more angelic as it were. Man's moral laws were more advanced, as support for democracy and equal rights were beginning to become popular. However, Friedrich Nietzsche believed that mankind was entering a downward spiral towards complete decadence. Modern man, with its 'advanced' morality, was, in truth, decaying on the inside. Claims of morality merely masked modern man's decay: he is veiled behind moral formulas and concepts of decency?....   [tags: Philosophy Nietzsche Essays Papers]

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Nietzsche: Exposing the Christianity Hoax

- Nietzsche: Exposing the Christianity Hoax      For thousands of years the Bible has represented the foundation for one of the largest religions in existence, Christianity. “The Book” affects millions of people’s lives. The creation of morals makes the biggest impacts on individuals and society. Morals are hinted at throughout “The Book”, but are clearly stated in Matthew’s gospel. These morals are written in a series called the Beatitudes. Through morals, laws are created and society is given guidelines, most people see this in a positive manner....   [tags: Nietzsche Philosophy Religion Essays]

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Nietzsche's Critique of Religion

- Nietzsche's critique of religion is largely based on his critique of Christianity. Nietzsche says that in modern Europe, people are atheistic, even though they don't realise it. People who say they are religious aren't really and those who say they have moved on haven't actually moved on. Certain people in society retain features of Christianity. For example, socialists still believe in equality in all people. Others still have pity for the poor and needy etc. Nietzsche dislikes religion especially Christianity because it encourages and promotes slave morality....   [tags: Nietzsche's Critique of Christianity]

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Analysis of Dostoevsky and Nietzsche's Literature

- Analysis of Dostoevsky and Nietzsche's Literature      Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Dostoevsky, the only one who has taught me anything about psychology.” The two writers share many similarities and differences. Dostoevsky clearly had an effect on the thinking of Nietzsche. The two would be considered both philosophers and psychologists. Both writers became prominent in the late 19th century in Germany and Russia respectively. Dostoevsky was noted for his Russian literary classics and would be responsible for a flowering of late 19th century Russian literary culture....   [tags: Psychology Friedrich Nietzsche Philosophy Essays]

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The Differences Between The German Philosophers And Friedrich Nietzsche And Karl Marx

- ... 54) Their style of argument reflects their views on the subject as Nietzsche’s response attributes human’s belief in Christianity to a curse that is beyond their control, while Marx believes it to be an addictive option that humans choose to partake in. This distinguishes Nietzsche’s view on faith as an intrinsic factor that people do not choose to have, while Marx believes faith to be a tempting escape that humans cling to when in fear or when hope is lost: “Christian socialism is but the holy water with which the priest consecrates the heart-burnings of the aristocrat.” (Marx, pg....   [tags: Religion, Philosophy, Human, Friedrich Nietzsche]

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Nietzsche : God Is Dead

- The Question: State your understanding of the philosophy of F. Nietzsche. What does he mean by saying "God is Dead".      Nietzsche's philosophy is that of a radical view as it calls for the complete reevaluation of morals and blatantly attacks the Judeo-Christian tradition in modern society. He believed one should dare to become who they are. In order to ascertain one's full potential as a human being, the ethic system of which by society runs, must be changed as it only hampers one's will to power....   [tags: Philosophy Atheist Atheism Friedrich Nietzsche]

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Nietzsche's Portraiture: Wagner as Worthy Opponent

- Nietzsche's Portraiture: Wagner as Worthy Opponent ABSTRACT: Richard Wagner always represented for Nietzsche the Germany of that time. By examining Nietzsche's relationship to Wagner throughout his writings, one is also examining Nietzsche's relationship to his culture of birth. I focus on the writings from the late period in order to clarify Nietzsche's view of his own project regarding German culture. I show that Nietzsche created a portrait of Wagner in which the composer was a worthy opponent-someone with whom he disagreed but viewed as an equal....   [tags: Wagner Nietzsche Philosophical Papers]

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Nietzsche: On the Genealogy of Morals

- Nietzsche: On the Genealogy of Morals Nietzsche was a revolutionary author and philosopher who has had a tremendous impact on German culture up through the twentieth century and even today. Nietzsche's views were very unlike the popular and conventional beliefs and practices of his time and nearly all of his published works were, and still are, rather controversial, especially in On the Genealogy of Morals. His philosophies are more than just controversial and unconventional viewpoints, however; they are absolutely extreme and dangerous if taken out of context or misinterpreted....   [tags: Philosophy Morals Ethics Nietzsche Essays Papers]

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Nietzsche´s Life and Survival: Buddha´s Meaning of Suffering

- Introduction “To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” Friedrich Nietzsche’s articulate definition of life and survival serves in tandem to Buddha’s teachings of suffering, the meaning of suffering, and it’s applicability to real life. In essence, one must commit to realizing suffering, the causes of suffering, and finally, the means of escaping it. Suffering can be physical or psychological, yet it must yield the same end of stifled human experience. The cause of suffering can be many, but must stem from the subsections of: Craving to Be, Craving Not to Be, and Sensual Experience ....   [tags: Friederich Nietzsche, Buddha, Six Sense Spheres]

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Marx and Nietzsche's Theories

- Marx and Nietzsche's Theories Society is flawed. There are critical imbalances in it that cause much of humanity to suffer. In, the most interesting work from this past half-semester, The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx is reacting to this fact by describing his vision of a perfectly balanced society, a communist society. Simply put, a communist society is one where all property is held in common. No one person has more than the other, but rather everyone shares in the fruits of their labors. Marx is writing of this society because, he believes it to be the best form of society possible....   [tags: Friedrich Nietzsche Karl Marx Philosophy Essays]

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Friedrich Nietzsche

- Friedrich Nietzsche was born near Rocken a small town in the Prussian province of Saxony, on October 15, 1844. Ironically the philosopher who rejected religion and coined the phrase "god is dead" was descended from a line of respected clergymen. Nietzsche completed his secondary education at the exacting boarding school of Pforta. A brilliant student, he received rigorous training in Latin, Greek, and German. In 1864 the young man entered the University of Bonn to study theology and classical philology....   [tags: Philosopher Biography Nietzsche]

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Nietzsche And Truth On Nietzsche 's ' Beyond Good And Evil '

- Nietzsche and Truth Throughout the course Nietzsche’s lifespan his attitude towards truth and religion has shifted various times. He first left his Christian beliefs and changed his major from theology to Philology in order to search for truth. He did not want to have faith without knowing what he was having faith in beforehand. By his thirties Nietzsche started to interpret that people were making up myths and stories in order to keep themselves in denial from the truth of life, thus giving a different meaning....   [tags: Perception, Mind, Good and evil, Belief]

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Discourse on Religion: Nietzsche and Edwards

- Friedrich Nietzsche certainly serves as a model for the single best critic of religion. At the other end of this spectrum, Jonathan Edwards emerges as his archrival in terms of religious discourse. Nietzsche argues that Christianity’s stance toward all that is sensual is that grounded in hostility, out to tame all that rests on nature, or is natural, akin to Nietzsche’s position in the world and his views. Taking this into account, Edwards’s views on Christianity should be observed in context targeted at those who agree with his idea, that G-d is great and beyond the capacity of human reason....   [tags: Philosophy, Christianity]

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Schopenhauer As Educator, By Nietzsche, Schopenhauer

- ... The true meaning of an educator should be one that teaches how to control our thoughts and be productive. Nietzsche states “the educator should quickly recognize the real strength of his pupil and then direct all his efforts and energy and heat at them so as to help that one virtue to attain true maturity and fruitfulness.” (Nietzsche, pg. 130) when Nietzsche refers to “recognize the real strength of his pupil” I come to the conclusion he is referring to the pupil itself and how persnickety the eye pupil is, when it comes to dilating to the reflection of light....   [tags: Higher education, Education, Mind, Teacher]

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Brave New World and Nietzsche

- Brave New World is a dystopia probably never quite happening as a whole concept. It’s more of a warning courtesy of Huxley rather than everything. However, the question of the essay is: “How does the dystopian concept of Brave New World ends up when compared with the relevant ideas of Nietzsche’s - are they similar, different or in opposition?” Nietzsche also wrote about the need for Übermenschen, as well as weaker underlings for retaining the stability in the society and the radical removal of the old ethics and morality....   [tags: Übermenschen vs. Christianity ]

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Nietzsche 's Philosophy On The Truth

- Everyone thinks they know the truth, actually is. The real question is, do we really know what the truth is. There are many ideas on what the truth is. Descartes and Nietzsche have an idea on what in the world truth is. Nietzsche argues that the whole idea of truth is just an illusion. He says it is fake and we really tight. On the other hand, Descartes proposes that the truth is there in some cases, but not in other ways. The way, the truth is there, is Math and Science. Nevertheless, by taking a closer look at their arguments about what truth actually is, I will argue that Nietzsche position is a better account for what truth actually is because it shows the reader how fixed on the trut...   [tags: Logic, Truth, Thought, Mind]

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Nietzsche 's Theory Of Existence

- Throughout many of Nietzsche’s writings, he advocates for the “perspectival character of existence” [Gay Science §374], a concept that human existence is subject to every individual’s perspective of that existence, and is therefore limited by these singular interpretations from which existence is viewed from. Through his discussion of dream sensations, Nietzsche makes the argument that all existence is subject to an individual’s biased interpretation, and introduces the idea of the possibility for “infinite interpretations” [Gay Science §374] of the universe....   [tags: Perception, Mind, Psychology, Thought]

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The Philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche

- Philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Nietzsche was a 19th-century German philosopher and held in regard amongst the greatest philosophers of the early part century. He sharpened his philosophical skills through reading the works of the earlier philosophers of the 18th century such as Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Arthur Schopenhauer and African Spir; however, their works and beliefs were opposite to his own. His primary mentor was Author Schopenhauer, whose belief was that reality was built on the foundation of experience....   [tags: Philosophy]

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- An Analysis of Nietzsche’s On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense Friedrich Nietzsche’s On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense represents a deconstruction of the modern epistemological project. Instead of seeking for truth, he suggests that the ultimate truth is that we have to live without such truth, and without a sense of longing for that truth. This revolutionary work of his is divided into two main sections. The first part deals with the question on what is truth. Here he discusses the implication of language to our acquisition of knowledge....   [tags: Philosophy, On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense]

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Nietzsche And O ' Brien

- ... Here, too Rat Kiley is in a way is passing out M&Ms to make the solider not feel the real pain. However, this is another fact that after a while, the placebo of passing out candy loses its essence. Moreover, Nietzsche thinks the main reason for a person to lie is make the reality sound like a completely different aspect. He implies, “The liar is a person who uses the valid designations, the words, in order to make something which is unreal appear to be real” (Truth and lies, 54). However, this is not the case with O’Brien’s writings....   [tags: Lie, Deception, Truth, Reality]

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Theory of Alienation: Marx and Nietzsche

- Marx’s theory of alienation is concerned primarily with social interaction and production; he believes that we are able to overcome our alienation through human emancipation. Marx’s theory of alienation is the process by which social organized productive powers are experienced as external or alien forces that dominate the humans that create them. He believes that production is man’s act on nature and on himself. Man’s relationship with nature is his relationship with his tools, or means of production....   [tags: Theory of Alienation]

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Religion in Chekhov and Nietzsche's Philosophies

- The philosophies that emerged from the age of enlightenment have altered our view of the world. Initially, societies’ knowledge was solely based on the ideas proposed in religious texts. The rise of consumerism made humans place more faith in science than in religion. This proposes severe problems for a society who’s values were all grounded in their beliefs. The ideologies presented in Chekhov and Nietzsche’s texts demonstrate two vastly different conclusions about the potential of humankind. The absence of religion has created a void in society....   [tags: earthly pleasures, enlightenment]

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George Nietzsche 's ' The Doctrine

- According to Nietzche 's will to power refers, “the doctrine asserts that all humans strive to forcibly impose their will upon others as a primal drive in their nature compels them to do so. Man will relentlessly exercise his will over others as an example of his determination, spirit, and strength of character. To demonstrate and acquire his power and influence is his inherent motivation to act, even if his actions essentially seem unselfishly provoked. Nietzsche alleges that no true altruistic deeds exist because humans are wholly egocentric and self-seeking by nature....   [tags: Slavery, Human, Love, Africa]

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Nietzsche 's Views On Art

- Friedrich Nietzsche, a Russian philosopher who lived in the nineteenth century, was known for his extreme pessimistic attitude. He and other philosophers saw the world in a such a negative light that many claimed that it may be better to die than continue living. However, unlike other philosophers of his time, he argued that art makes life possible to live. More specifically, Nietzsche argued that art disguises the ugly reality of human existence and rather illustrates an ideal version of life, spreading hope for a better future....   [tags: Art, Human, The Birth of Tragedy]

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On the Genealogy of Morals by Nietzsche

- On the Genealogy of Morals by Nietzsche focuses on the schooling in history and philology in order to determine the origin of evil. Within the book Nietzsche attempts to understand the condition that allows man to invent such value-judgements between both good and evil. It is this connection that requires the utmost of attention to make it possible to receive the answer you are looking for. According to Nietzsche these answers are distinguished between periods, peoples, degrees of rank among individuals as well as hypotheses and probabilities....   [tags: schooling in history and philology]

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Great Philosopher: Plato and Nietzsche

- Plato and Nietzsche both great philosophers who shaped the narrative of Western philosophy are often appointed to the opposition of each other with Plato setting the scope of the beginning of the era of absolute truth and value, Nietzsche in the other hand presented its death. Plato’s examination of a perfect society led him to believe that knowledge and power must be fused in order to achieve its full potential, while Nietzsche took that tradition and maneuvered it differently to reveal that knowledge is power in a different disguise....   [tags: absolute truth, god, illusions]

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Nietzsche on Nihilism and Christianity

- Religion has always played a fundamental role in society. Indeed, up to the sixteenth century, the Roman Catholic Church benefitted of its temporal power. This temporal power allowed the Popes to have sovereign authority over the papal State, thus they did not exercise their authority only in the religious sphere but also in the public one. Therefore, the situations created were contradictory. The Popes could, indeed, start a war against other States, mainly for territorial and political aims, using their religious authority, such as excommunication or interdiction to achieve certain purposes of political and “earthly” nature....   [tags: church, society, chuch reform]

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Philosophy: Nietzsche and Heidegger

- Nietzsche and Heidegger In this assignment, I will discuss what I have learned to perceive is the relevance of Nietzsche and Heidegger for theorizing religion. I will place great emphasis on Nietzsche's concept of the "Death of God," and how this concept is a challenge to modernity and religious consciousness. With the rise of science and empiricism, Nietzsche argues that it is practically impossible for a modern person to realistically believe in a Christian conception of God. However, the morality of Christianity lingers in the background, and, while still influencing people, Nietzsche predicts that the Europe of his time was soon to see a nihilistic sickness....   [tags: death of god, religion, power]

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Nietzsche’s Meditation on Buddhism

- Many of us have been taught at a really early age what religion we are to follow and, what God is our God. We don’t have a say or don’t even think we have a say. At a certain age you stumble on a person that changes your prospective on life and makes you question everything. Nietzsche was that person that yanked my comfortable welcome carpet off my feet. Religion and all that came with it was nothing but an afterthought. When again I stumbled on an amazing person that I see in every Asian restaurant we come across by....   [tags: religion, Buddha, Zarathustra]

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Existentialism: Kierkegaard and Nietzsche

- The Merriam – Webster Dictionary defines existentialism as a chiefly 20th century philosophical movement embracing diverse doctrines but centering on analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong or good or bad (Merriam, 2011). In other words, an existentialist believes that our natures are the natures we make for ourselves, the meaning of our existence is that we just exist and there may or may not be a meaning for the existence, and we have to individually decide what is right or wrong and good or bad for ourselves....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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Friedrich Nietzsche

- Despite being one of the greatest philosophers of the last millennium, Friedrich Wilhem Nietzsche may also be the most misunderstood. He has become a walking paradox. Today he is regarded as one of the most important thinkers, yet in his lifetime, he could hardly give away his books. Sigmund Freud revered him as one of the great minds in the history of psychoanalysis, yet Nietzsche went insane at the age of 44. He publicly detested German culture, yet German soldiers received copies of his book, Thus Spoke Zarathustra during World War I....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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Nietzsche and the Prophet

- Nietzsche and the Prophet According to Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the meaning of human existence is to make room for the “Superman”: a superhuman who perseveres in its capacity for unlimited self-creation. (Pg. 49)[1] In order for humankind to embrace its self-creative nature and allow for the transcendence into this superhuman condition, however, we must first learn to destroy our present tables of values; it is our desperate adherence to traditional (religious) values which prevents us from actualizing our potential for self-creation....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays]

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Nietzsche 's Most Grandiose Aim

- This opinion of Nietzsche’s most grandiose aim is shared by many other Nietzschean commentators, to the extent that it is basically an orthodox opinion. For instance, Willam Mackintire Salter agrees with this interpretation arguing that, for Nietzsche, “man is something to be surpassed” and that Nietzsche’s goal is to help foster a new transcendental being. Similarly, Richard White argues that Nietzsche is not calling for a return to the master but for the sublimation of the master and slave into a man who is “master of his own future” ....   [tags: Morality, Value theory, Good and evil]

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Nietzsche and Freud on the Origin of Psychological Illnesses

- In modern times humans have become susceptible to psychological illnesses. Nietzsche and Freud both give different explanations as to where the illnesses originate from. Freud blames our libido and its erotic appetite that goes against current standards for the illness. While Nietzsche blames the slave revolt of morality for stopping us from acting out on our animal impulse. Both illnesses are quite similar since they appear to have the same origin as one another. Freud presents an interpretation of how individuals fall ill....   [tags: philosophical analysis]

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Frantz Fanon and Friedrich Nietzsche on Humanity

- Having witnessed the racism and assimilation in the colonial Antilles, Frantz Fanon devotes himself to the battle for a human world--that is, a world of mutual recognition--where all races are equal. Applying the idea mutual recognition from Hegel to his situation, Fanon believes that mutual recognition is achieved when the White and the Black approve each other’s human reality, which is the capacity to have dreams and to turn them into reality. On the contrary, Friedrich Nietzsche believes the hope for humanity lies in the endless self-transcendence of becoming the overman, ignoring whether one receives acknowledgement from others or not....   [tags: Mutual Recognition, Overman]

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The Question of Free Will: Descartes, Hume, and Nietzsche

- The power of acting without necessity and acting on one’s own discretions, free will still enamors debates today, as it did in the past with philosophers Nietzsche, Descartes, and Hume. There are two strong opposing views on the topic, one being determinism and the other “free will”. Determinism, or the belief a person lacks free will and all events including human actions are determined by forces outside the will of an individual contrasts the entire premise of free will. Rene Descartes formulates his philosophical work through deductive reasoning and follows his work with his system of reasoning....   [tags: Free Will Essays]

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Comparing Nietzsche And Chekhov 's ' The Bet '

- In their work, both Nietzsche and Chekhov establish a rather complex theme about life and human beliefs. They question the construction of the meaning of life which capitalism has created and leave the readers to reconsider life. In the following paragraphs, a brief summary of both stories will be given. I will be discussing why the lawyer renounces the money. Then, I will be analyzing what this abandonment tells us about the lawyer’s worldview in comparison to that of the Madman. In his short story, “The bet”, Chekhov veils a pessimistic worldview with the uprise of wisdom of a lawyer whom makes a bet with a banker to prove that life imprisonment is better than death penalty....   [tags: Meaning of life, Human, God, Conceptions of God]

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Analysis Of Paulo Freire And Friedrich Nietzsche

- When one is sitting in a university lecture classroom trying to absorb the vast array of knowledge disseminating out of the PA system, there is a certain ambience that parallels a movie theater. The architecture of the classroom is designed to symbolize the lecturer as the “subject” and the students as the “objects”; meaning, the professor narrates through story-telling and the students passively sit in their seats with open minds readied to be entertained and filled with deposits of wisdom. After the monotony of one lecture following another, students delve into to their stacks of knowledge so that they can memorize, repeat and regurgitate all of the information that they now possess....   [tags: Education, Problem solving, Present, Time]

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Plato Vs. Aristotle On Nietzsche And Freud

- ... Thus education in The Republic, in following this sort of model, is sort of a process of revelation and discovery of these greater truths beyond the world of mere appearance and assumption (which the prisoners tied to posts inside Plato’s allegorical den believe to be real, when what they see are merely the shadows of the world beyond their cave-prison). In Euthyphro and Apology, we see this basic model of philosophical inquiry being applied in two, related but very different scenarios. In Euthyphro, Socrates engages a young lawyer named Euthyphro on the steps of an Athenian courthouse....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Socrates, Logic]

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Analysis Of Friedrich Nietzsche 's ' The Overman '

- Friedrich Nietzsche introduces the Übermensch in Thus Spoke Zarathustra as the next progression in Human evolution. The Overman (der Übermensch) is an evolved being, and mankind in its present state is simply the bridge from ape to Overman, from beast to a higher form of mankind. This is evident in Zarathustra’s selection of only a few followers as a opposed to addressing the masses to present this new goal of humanity, showcasing the Overman as an overcoming of mankind and an ascension, as well as the depiction of other beings going “under” for the sake of the Overman’s forthcoming....   [tags: Human, Thought, Evolution, Meaning of life]

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Nietzsche On Buddhism

- Nietzsche repeatedly refers to Buddhism as a decadent and nihilistic religion. It seems to be a textbook case of just what Nietzsche is out to remedy in human thinking. It devalues the world as illusory and merely apparent, instead looking to an underlying reality for value and meaning. Its stated goals seem to be negative and escapist, Nietzsche sometimes seems to praise certain aspects of Buddhist teaching—and some of his own core ideas bear a resemblance to Buddhist doctrine. What exactly is Nietzsche’s evaluation of Buddhism....   [tags: Religion]

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Hume, Descartes, and Nietzsche's Views on Immortality

- Immortality is one of mankind’s major apprehensions, and even though it has been mainly restricted to religious customs. People have different opinions about immortality. Everybody defines immortality differently. For some people it is the survival of the astral body resembling the physical body, for others the immortality of the immaterial soul and lastly the resurrection of the body. Basic definition of immortality is the unknown continuation of a person’s existence, even after death. Immortality primarily referred to soul as it like it does not die when the human body dies, but since they both well connected together, when the body dies, soul dies too; therefore, immortality does not exis...   [tags: afterlife, moral, soul]

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Comparing Nietzsche And Plato 's The Republic

- In accordance with the New Oxford American Dictionary, a craft is a skilled activity or profession, whereas an analogy compares two things that are alike in some way. In addition, a democratic system is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives (Merriam-Webster, 2003). Nonetheless, this paper will focus on a debate that deals with the opposite and agreement that involves; governing a craft the same way as medicine or shoemaking and the implications it has on democracy....   [tags: Democracy, Plato, Skill, Socrates]

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Nietzsche’s Concept of Eternal Recurrence

- Friedrich Nietzsche is a German philosopher who lived in 1844 to 1900, and his proposition on eternal recurrence was one of his most discussed works. The concept states that the world is eternally self – destroying, then self – creating, over time. He radicalizes the Christian concept of eternity and combines it with simple reasoning to come up with an innovative concept. This paper will discuss in detail what eternal recurrence is and the implications of such a concept on free spirits, and whether adopting such a belief will make a person’s life better or not....   [tags: Philosophy, Positivism]

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Nietzsche and Wagner

- Nietzsche and Wagner In terms of artists and their influences, the case of Nietzsche and Wagner has been the focal point of discussion between many great academic minds of the last century. The controversy surrounding the relationship has led many to postulate that the eventual break between the two men may have contributed to the untimely death of Wagner in 1882, and Nietzsche's eight-year writing spurt from 1883 - 1888. While investigating the details of this peculiar relationship, I was struck by the historical and philosophical depth of several discoveries, the fundamental question being this: Why was Nietzsche's perception of both Wagner's music and his character upset simply because...   [tags: Papers]

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Nazis and Nietzsche

- Nazis and Nietzsche During the latter parts of the Nineteenth Century, the German existentialist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote a great deal on his ideas of morality, values, and life. His writings were controversial, but they greatly affected European thought. It can be argued that Nietzschean philosophy was a contributing factor in the rise of what is considered our world's most awful empire, the Third Reich. ‹Such a stance is based on the fact that there are very similar currents in thought between the philosophy and the empire....   [tags: Papers]

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Nietzsche And Platonism

- In Twilight of the Idols Nietzsche writes, "My objection against the whole of sociology in England and France remains that it knows from experience only the forms of decay, and with perfect innocence accepts its instincts of decay as the norm of sociological value-judgments. The decline of life, the decrease in the power to organize, that is to tear open clefts, subordinate and super-ordinate -- all this has been formulated as the ideal in contemporary sociology." (p 541). The culture of Europe at the time of Nietzsche’s writing was experiencing a general decline in vitality which was exemplified in Christianity (Platonism) and anarchy or nihilism....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Modernity and Nietzsche

- Throughout many centuries philosophers have tried to explain the nature of reality and the order that exists within the universe around us. The purpose of this paper is to first trace the developments that led up to modernity. Next I will react to the claim made by Fredrick Nietzsche that “God is dead” from a Biblical perspective. Philosophers have attempted to answer that question of what reality is and how to answer the questions that everyone faced. The first philosopher Thales held that water was the source of life and death....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Introduction to Politcal Thought: Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

- Intro to political thought Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844, in Röcken bei Lützen, Germany, a small village in Prussia . His father, Carl Ludwig Nietzsche, was a Lutheran preacher; he died when Nietzsche was only four years old. Nietzsche attended a private preparatory school in Naumburg and then received a classical education at the prestigious Schulpforta school. For much of the following decade, Nietzsche lived in seclusion. However, this was also a highly productive period for him as a thinker and writer....   [tags: biography, master and slave morality]

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Nietzsche and the Death of God Theology

- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was perhaps best known for pronouncing that “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him!” (Nietzsche, The Gay Science 388). Thinkers of the death of God theology of the American 1960s such as Thomas Altizer insisted that “we must recognize that the death of God is a historical event: God has died in our time, in our history, in our existence” (Christian Atheism 61). Although these two conceptions of the death of God differed, they had several aspects in common: they faced opposition, they thought religion was a product of human necessity, they acknowledged the importance of coexisting opposites, they expressed a certain humanism and interest in indi...   [tags: Religion Papers]

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Friedrich Nietzsche: One of the Greatest Thinkers of All Time

- Friedrich Nietzsche was without a doubt one of the most influential thinkers of the 19th century. He was a man who ventured to question all of man's beliefs. He was out to seek the important questions in life, not always their answers. Some consider Nietzsche to be one of the first existentialist philosophers along with Søren Kierkegaard. He was the inspiration for many philosophers, poets, sociologists, and psychologists including Sigmund Freud. His goal to seek explanations for society's commonly accepted values was an inspiration for Freud's psychoanalysis theory1....   [tags: Philosophy]

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The Life & Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

- 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....   [tags: Biographies Biographical Essays]

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An Analysis of Chesterton and Nietzsche

- An Analysis of Chesterton and Nietzsche       Imagine the lame giant of the Victorian age stumbling about in the darkness, wrestling with an unseen opponent. It pries the crushing grip of a hand from its throat only to discover the hand is its own. Imagine two explorers on opposites sides of a great ocean. Anchors are weighed, and each explorer sets out to see just beyond the horizon, to sail beyond the sunset. They collide amidships in the midnight fog and breeze, but they continue their journeys....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Nietzsche's Critique of Past Philosophers

- Nietzsche's Critique of Past Philosophers The desire of most philosophers, Nietzsche says, is to find truth. Nietzsche doesn't see why this is. In the second aphorism, he asks why don't we look for untruth. He believes that beliefs are more important than finding truth because, for him, there is no real truth. Philosophers state a truth or known fact as if it were the ultimate knowledge, but Nietzsche says that really they are giving their opinions about things. Philosophers don't have knowledge - just beliefs....   [tags: Papers]

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Nietzsche’s Perspectivism and Philosophical Skepticism: A Comparison

- Since the idea of truth came to being by the previous thought of ancient times, many philosophers have developed their ideas on this notion. They ask themselves questions such as: “What is truth. Does a universal truth exist. Are their countless truths. Is it possible to know?” This is a major debate amongst philosophers and it really separates them within their belief systems. Many names have been given to the different thoughts: Relativism, Skepticism, Dogmatism, and Perspectivism. These thoughts are just a few major classifications from some of the great thinkers on truth....   [tags: what is truth, perspectivism, relativism]

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Nietzsche's Utile Philosophy of History

- Nietzsche's Utile Philosophy of History History, contends Nietzsche, is not something to be wholly embraced for its own sake, but something which when used in moderation to further the activity of man motivates his life towards justice. Always, though, history must serve life and never the converse. To lead a healthy and happy life, man must be capable not only of historical though but also of unhistorical thought; Nietzsche likens the superhistorical being who never forgets to one who cannot sleep....   [tags: Philosophy History Essays]

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Medea and Nietzsche's Will to Power

- Medea and Nietzsche's Will to Power When Medea kills her children, audiences react with shock and horror. Any sympathy viewers have built for the woman is, in the words of Elizabeth Vandiver, “undercut” by this act (15). Since Medea is the protagonist, we question why Euripides chose to make her a child murderer. Most scholars agree that he invented this part of the myth. He also lessened her role as witch by drawing attention to her human qualities. This only highlights the infanticide (14) because we cannot excuse her ruthless act as monstrous and non-human....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Friederich Nietzsche and His Philosophies

- Friederich Nietzsche and His Philosophies Friederich Nietzsche was born in 1844 in the Prussian province of Saxony. He was the offspring of a long line of clergymen including his father, who was the pastor of a Lutheran congregation. His childhood was consumed with the haunting death of his father and, soon after, brother. After enrolling in school, he suffered from intense, painful headaches and myopia which caused burning sensations and blurred vision. This may have been syphilis and it may have been contracted from his father who had shown similar symptoms....   [tags: Papers]

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- Nietzsche In 1859 Charles Darwin offered a theory that seemed to disprove the longstanding explanation of the origin of existence. Darwin’s theory of evolution proposes a convincing argument that the universe was not created for a purpose, with intention, by a conscious God, but rather, was a phenomenon of random change. Friedrich Nietzsche articulated the gravity of the effect of Darwin’s theory on society. He said that when Darwin published the theory of evolution people stopped believing in God....   [tags: Evolution Religion Creationism Science Essays]

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- Nietzsche I think that the three questions that I will try to find answers are highly interconnected with each other and because of this reason, I will not answer them separately. I will be answering them without order. First of all, from my interpretation of Nietzsche, modern humanity did not invent the idea of God. Rather the God had a functional role from his point of view. There is no doubt that, modern humanity had the idea of God, but in my opinion, this idea was like a heritage to the modern humanity from their ancestors....   [tags: Papers]

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Friedrich Nietzsche and Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment

- Crime and Punishment, written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1866, is a political novel about a poor former student, by the name of Raskolnikov, who murders a pawnbroker in an attempt to fulfill his own theory that if a man is truly extraordinary, then crime bears no meaning for him; therefore nothing he does is a crime, and he is exempt from morality. However, under the law, no one is exempt from punishment if they have committed a crime, and Raskolnikov is punished for his. Though Raskolnikov is physically punished for his crime, he did not truly suffer because he believes that murdering the pawnbroker was not a crime, but a benefit to humanity, and does not suffer the moral consequ...   [tags: Fyodor Dostoyevsky]

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Nietzsche’s Argument of Justice: The Debtor/Creditor Relationship

- The system of justice that Nietzsche employs although somewhat cynical has a substantial amount of merit as a form of justice, which is present in our society. This is demonstrated through the depiction of the creditor/debtor relationship that exists in our democratic societies, and the equalization process that occurs, and furthermore that Nietzsche is correct to assess justice as such a principle. The issue is most obvious in the penal system; however it is also prevalent in personal day-to-day relationships as well as political structures....   [tags: philosophy]

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Dostoevsky and Nietzsche's Overman

- Dostoevsky and Nietzsche's Overman       The definition of übermensch, or overman, in Barron's Concise Student's Encyclopedia makes anyone who has read Nietzsche's Zarathustra - even aphoristically, as I tried to do at first - cringe. Barron's Encyclopedia defines an overman as someone who "has his act together and gets things done." Of course, considering that this is a summary of one part of Nietzsche's ideas, and that the encyclopedia reduces his entire philosophy to one short paragraph, this is not a poor definition....   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays]

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Nietzsche: Philosophizing Without Categorizing

- Nietzsche: Philosophizing Without Categorizing     How are we to philosophize without "Isms?" For, although defining a person in terms of an Ism is dangerous--both because it encourages identification of the individual with the doctrine and because it denies her the possibility of becoming that, as a human, she is heir to--grouping people according to a doctrine to which they subscribe is a convenient mental shortcut. Although grouping people into verbal boxes entails the danger of eventually seeing all of the boxes as equal, or similar enough to make no difference, the necessity of seeing the totality of a single human being is impossible....   [tags: Philosophy essays]

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On the Genealogy of Morality

- Friedrich Nietzsche’s “On the Genealogy of Morality” includes his theory on man’s development of “bad conscience.” Nietzsche believes that when transitioning from a free-roaming individual to a member of a community, man had to suppress his “will to power,” his natural “instinct of freedom”(59). The governing community threatened its members with punishment for violation of its laws, its “morality of customs,” thereby creating a uniform and predictable man (36). With fear of punishment curtailing his behavior, man was no longer allowed the freedom to indulge his every instinct....   [tags: Philosophy, Nietzsche]

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Nietzsche, Kundera, and Shit

- Friedrich Nietzsche saw himself surrounded by a world of human constructs. Humanity had become a herd, clinging to these concepts like cattle grazing at a favorite patch of grass. Individual identity struggled to exist. The morality of the mediocre reigned supreme. Nietzsche lived in a dead world. Milan Kundera lives in the world today. His world is dead much like Nietzsche's. Denial is the focal point of society. Society assimilates difference and denies what cannot be assimilated. In his novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Kundera relies on the word kitsch to describe the force of denial....   [tags: Unbearable Lightness of Being Essays]

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Elizabeth Forster-Nietzsche's Deliberate Tampering That Nietzsche's Superman Came To Be A Symbol of Nazi Principles

- With his theory Friedrich Nietzsche gave a sorrowful, mediocre, and secular world new meaning. The following essay will discuss the problems in society during the 1800’s and prove Nietzsche’s greatness in giving new meaning to the world. The essay then proves that it was by Elizabeth Forster-Nietzsche’s deliberate tampering that Nietzsche’s Superman came to be a symbol of Nazi principles. Friedrich Nietzsche opposed common values, which he believed distracted man from life. During Nietzsche’s period, imperialist nationalism or an increasingly questionable religion provided the only meaning to life....   [tags: Nazi Germany]

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Nietzsche y el Cristianismo

- Nietzsche y el Cristianismo "2. El mundo verdadero, inasequible por ahora, pero prometido al sabio, al piadoso, al virtuoso («al pecador que hace penitencia»). (Progreso de la Idea: ésta se vuelve más sutil, más capciosa, más inaprensible, -se convierte en una mujer [sie wird Weib], se hace cristiana...)". (1) El segundo movimiento de la conocida «Historia de un error» del Crepúsculo de los ídolos es el texto que abre el espacio de nuestra reflexión. Alrededor de él, en su proximidad, otros textos se inscriben en esta misma línea que pone los términos «mujer» y «cristianismo» uno al lado del otro....   [tags: Spanish Essays]

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Sublimation in Woody Allen's Manhattan

- In the movie “Manhattan”, Woody Allen bases most of the film’s plot off of the meaning behind the term Sublimation. It’s about a man, Issac, whom is unhappy with where his life has lead, him. Recently divorced, his wife left him for another woman comes to a point in his life where he realizes he’s not truly doing what he wants or what he needs in life. This leads him to both knowingly, and unknowingly practice Sublimation, the deflection, re-direction and re-channeling of undesirable appetitive and emotional desires, urges and instincts into more beneficial acts, up to and including repression....   [tags: sublimation, Nietzsche]

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Nietzsche, Marx, and Kierkegaard

- Nietzsche, Marx, and Kierkegaard Zarathustra is always a favorite, with the ringing of God is dead throughout the mountains. Re-evaluating our idols, discovering the significance of their dethroning and how it relates to the intricate web that we create for our lives. Zarathustra, holy man in his blasphemy, ushering in a new era where the last men are eradicated, the filthy vermin masquerading intelligence led by the promise of cheese. Formerly the world was a mad place, filled with mice traps, and the drool pours down their uncomprehending faces....   [tags: Papers]

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Friedrich Nietzsche

- Friedrich Nietzsche Some call Friedrich Nietzsche the father of the Nazi party. Was Nietzsche's ideas twisted and warped by a needy country. Nietzsche himself despised the middle and lower class people. Was it Nietzsche's Will to Power theory that spawned one of the greatest patriotic movements of the twentieth century. These are some of the questions I had when first researching Friedrich Nietzsche for the following paper. Friedrich Nietzsche, at one time called "the arch enemy of Christianity"(Bentley, p.82), was born into a line of Protestant Clergyman on October 15, 1844....   [tags: essays research papers]

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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

- Borrowing from Friedrich Nietzsche's statement, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger," Kelly Clarkson unleashes an up-tempo empowerment anthem for recovering from bad relationships. Everyone endures a bad breakup at some point in their life, and a pick me up song like "Stronger," written by Jorgen Elofsson, David Gamson, and Ali Tamposi helps listeners pick up the pieces of a broken heart and move on to bigger and better things. Breakups can be extremely difficult, and they can be amicable; no matter what, no one really wants to go through them....   [tags: nietzsche, empowerment]

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