Philosopher of the month: Friedrich Nietzsche

This February, the OUP Philosophy team honors Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) as their Philosopher of the Month. The post Philosopher of the month: Friedrich Nietzsche appeared first on
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This February, the OUP Philosophy team honors Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) as their Philosopher of the Month. The son of a Lutheran minister who died when Nietzsche was four years old, Nietzsche’s philosophical work was largely ignored during his lifetime. When Walter Kaufmann’s 1950’s translations of Nietzsche’s key works gave the world a more accurate representation of his thought, Nietzsche became one of the most influential philosophers of the modern era. Nietzsche was greatly concerned with basic problems in contemporary Western culture and society, which he believed were growing more acute, and for which he considered it imperative to try to find new solutions. His examination of unconscious drives found “will to power” to be a fundamental element of human nature, and metaphysically, in all of nature. The one who escapes all this, Nietzsche’s “Übermensch,” describes a person who has mastered passion, risen above irrational flux, and endowed her or his character with. . .

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