Potrait of Friedrich Nietzsche By Edvard Munch, 1906


Lifetime: 1844 - 1900 Passed: ≈ 123 years ago


Western Philosopher



Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche's writing spans philosophical polemics, poetry, cultural criticism, and fiction while displaying a fondness for aphorism and irony. Prominent elements of his philosophy include his radical critique of truth in favor of perspectivism; a genealogical critique of religion and Christian morality and related theory of master–slave morality; the aesthetic affirmation of existence in response to the "death of God" and the profound crisis of nihilism; the notion of Apollonian and Dionysian forces; and a characterization of the human subject as the expression of competing wills, collectively understood as the will to power.

After his death, his sister Elisabeth became the curator and editor of Nietzsche's manuscripts. She edited his unpublished writings to fit her German ultranationalist ideology while often contradicting or obfuscating Nietzsche's stated opinions, which were explicitly opposed to antisemitism and nationalism.

The statement "God is dead," occurring in several of Nietzsche's works has become one of his best-known remarks. On the basis of it, many commentators] regard Nietzsche as an atheist; others (such as Kaufmann) suggest that this statement reflects a more subtle understanding of divinity.

A basic element in Nietzsche's philosophical outlook is the "will to power" (der Wille zur Macht), which he maintained provides a basis for understanding human behavior—more so than competing explanations, such as the ones based on pressure for adaptation or survival.

Books by Friedrich Nietzsche

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Beyond Good And Evil

Philosophy Non-Fiction
Morality Metaphysics Nature of Knowledge Truth Free Will

First published in 1886 at Nietzsche’s own expense, the book was not initially considered important. In it, Nietzsche denounced what he considered to be the moral vacuity of 19th century thinkers. He attacked philosophers for what he considered to be...

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The Antichrist

Philosophy Religion Reference work
Evil Gods Comparison Anarchism Messiah Dajjal

Save for his raucous, rhapsodical autobiography, Ecce Homo, The Antichrist is the last thing that Nietzsche ever wrote, and so it may be accepted as a statement of some of his most salient ideas in their final form. Of all Nietzsche’s books, The Anti...

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The Twilight of the Idols or How to Philosophise with the Hammer

Philosophy Non-Fiction
Social criticism Reason Cultural Decadence

Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer is a book by Friedrich Nietzsche, written in 1888, and published in 1889. Twilight of the Idols was written in just over a week, between 26 August and 3 September 1888, while Nietzsche wa...

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Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

Fiction Philosophy Novel
Christianity Eternal Recurrence Will to Power

Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None is a philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts written and published between 1883 and 1885. Much of the work deals with ideas such as the "eternal recurrence...

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The Joyful Wisdom, or The Gay Science

Philosophy Non-Fiction

The Gay Science sometimes translated as The Joyful Wisdom or The Joyous Science, is a book by Friedrich Nietzsche published in 1882, and followed by a second edition in 1887 after the completion of Thus Spoke Zarathustra and Beyond Good and Evil. Thi...

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The Birth of Tragedy

Philosophy Non-Fiction
Social Science Fine Arts Illusions

The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of is an 1872 work of dramatic theory by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It was reissued in 1886 as The Birth of Tragedy, Or: Hellenism and Pessimism. The later edition contained a prefatory essay, "An...

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Ecce Homo

Non-Fiction Biography
Autobiography Modern Prose

Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is is the last original book written by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche before his death in 1900. It was written in 1888 and was not published until 1908.

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Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits

Philosophy Non-Fiction
Free Spirited Human Traits

Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits is a book by 19th-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, originally published in 1878. A second part, Assorted Opinions and Maxims (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche), was published in 1879, and a third...

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The Genealogy of Morals

Philosophy Non-Fiction
Morality Religious tradition Christianity Religious Freedom Ethics Jewish

On the Genealogy of Morality: A Polemic is an 1887 book by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It consists of a preface and three interrelated treatises ('Abhandlungen' in German) that expand and follow through on concepts Nietzsche sketched out...

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Early Greek Philosophy and Other Essays

Philosophy Essays
Slavery Morality Truth Social Science Culture Philosophical Anthropology

The essays contained in this volume treat of various subjects. With the exception of perhaps one we must consider all these papers as fragments. Written during the early Seventies, and intended mostly as prefaces, they are extremely interesting, sinc...

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The Case of Wagner

Nature Autobiography Culture Art Society Philosophical Music

The book is a critique of Richard Wagner and the announcement of Nietzsche's rupture with the German artist, who had involved himself too much, in Nietzsche's eyes, in the Völkisch movement and antisemitism. His music is no longer represented as a po...

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On the Future of Our Educational Institutions

Future Education Lectures Germany

Nietzsche gives a series of lectures in Bale, Germany on the subject of German educational institutions, and what the best way forward.