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By More, Nicholas D.; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm

ISBN-10: 1107050812

ISBN-13: 9781107050815

Nietzsche's Ecce Homo was once released posthumously in 1908, 8 years after his dying, and has been variously defined ever in view that as dead, mad, or in basic terms inscrutable. in contrast backdrop, Nicholas D. extra offers the 1st whole and compelling research of the paintings, and argues that this so-called autobiography is as a substitute a satire. this way permits Nietzsche to belittle undesirable philosophy via comedian potential, try reconciliation along with his painful previous, evaluation and unify his disparate works, insulate himself with humor from the risk of 'looking into abysses', and determine knowledge as a different form of 'good taste'. After exhibiting how you can learn this much-maligned booklet, extra argues that Ecce Homo offers the easiest instance of Nietzsche making feel of his personal highbrow existence, and that its detailed and complicated parody of conventional philosophy makes a strong case for analyzing Nietzsche as a philosophical satirist throughout his corpus

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Chapter 2 discusses satire as a literary genre and shows how Nietzsche might be understood as a satirist who thought philosophically, instead of a philosopher who wrote satirically. This chapter prepares the way to consider Ecce Homo by way of its form instead of dismissing its substance. Ecce Homo’s content is profound, it seems to me, once we comprehend its satiric structure and purpose. Part II consists of Chapter 3, which answers the question of Ecce Homo’s meaning by offering a complete section-by-section analysis of and commentary on the text.

But that form only disguises his intent: that all become exactly like the moralist. Nietzsche denounces all universal moral codes, castigates the moralist for presuming to know the right one (how man “ought to be”), and criticizes the dissemblance by which a particular man presents himself as a universal model, and a petty and bigoted model at that. How then does Nietzsche use the phrase in the Twilight of the Idols passage? It operates as a compressed symbol for (the mistake of) moral universalism.

He earned his doctorate in classical philology at Leipzig under Friedrich Ritschl, who helped secure him a professorship in classics at the university in Basel, Switzerland, when Nietzsche was just twenty-four. He seemed in 1869 to have a long, secure, and promising academic career in philology ahead of him. 770. 1207. 24 Nietzsche deigns to read himself on 3 January 1889, Nietzsche had no fixed address and no formal standing or interest in academia. With a meager pension, he stayed in guest rooms across Europe, read a wide range of authors, and wrote literary philosophy books; usually living on the southern French coast in cold weather and the Swiss Alps when it grew warm.

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