By Friedrich Nietzsche
The literary occupation of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) spanned below 20 years, yet no quarter of highbrow inquiry used to be left untouched by means of his iconoclastic genius. The thinker who introduced the demise of God within the homosexual technology (1882) and went directly to problem the Christian code of morality in past sturdy and Evil (1886), grappled with the basic problems with the human in his personal severe autobiography, Ecce Homo (1888). so much infamous of all, maybe, his notion of the triumphantly transgressive übermann ('superman') is built within the severe, but poetic phrases of hence Spake Zarathustra (1883-92). no matter if addressing traditional Western philosophy or breaking new floor, Nietzsche tremendously prolonged the bounds of nineteenth-century notion.
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EH Why I Write Such Excellent Books 1] 12 I know my privileges as a writer to some extent: in individual cases it has also been put to me how greatly habituation to my writings ‘ruins’ taste. One can simply no longer endure other books, philosophical ones least of all. To enter this noble and delicate world is an incomparable distinction – to do so one absolutely must not be a German; it is in the end a distinction one has to have earned. But he who is related to me through loftiness of will experiences when he reads me real ecstasies of learning: for I come from heights no bird has ever soared to, I know abysses into which no foot has ever yet strayed.
With a wicked laugh he turns round whatever he finds veiled and through some sense of shame or other spared and pampered: he puts to the test what these things look like when they are reversed. […] Behind all his toiling and weaving – for he is restlessly and aimlessly on his way as if in a desert – stands the question-mark of a more and more perilous curiosity. ‘Can all values not be turned round? and is good perhaps evil? and God only an invention and finesse of the Devil? Is everything perhaps in the last resort false?
Written in the summer of 1888, published in 1889. W The Wagner Case. Published in 1888. WS The Wanderer and his Shadow. Published in 1880 as the Second Supplement to Human, All Too Human; 2nd edition published in 1886. Z Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Parts I and II published in 1883, Part III published in 1884, Part IV written in 1885, published in 1892. The numbers after the initials at the foot of each extract refer to the section of the book from which the extract is taken in each case. PREFACE 1 Dangerous books.