Friedrich Nietzsche Essay

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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. Nietzsche also abhorred Nationalism, yet Adolf Hitler misinterpreted his work, using it as an influence for Mein Kampf and a building block for the Nazi eugenics movement, which created a tremendous amount …show more content…
However, Nietzsche soon lost interest in theology and began to focus exclusively on classical philology much to the dismay of his family.# After only one year at the University of Bonn, Nietzsche transferred his studies to the University of Leipzig. In the fall of 1867, Nietzsche, at the age of 23, joined an artillery regiment near Naumburg to fulfill his required military service. After a serious chest injury put him on medical leave, Nietzsche's writings were so admired by professor Friedrich Ritschl (Whom Nietzsche had followed from the University of Bonn to Leipzig) that Nietzsche received a teaching position at the University of Basel in Switzerland. Although he was only 24 and had not yet received his doctorate, he became one of the youngest Classics professors in recorded history. At the age of 27, Nietzsche published his first book, “The Birth of Tragedy.” Nietzsche's main arguments include the Greek’s juxtaposition of Apollonian (god of truth and reason) and Dionysian (god of ecstasy and pleasure). Nietzsche was adamant about the stark contrast between work and leisure and the balance that man must find between the two, a theme that he emphasized in much of his philosophical writings. However, the work was not received particularly well,

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