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Vittorio Hösle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691167190

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691167190.001.0001

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The Revolt against Universalistic Morals: Friedrich Nietzsche

The Revolt against Universalistic Morals: Friedrich Nietzsche

(p.156) 10 The Revolt against Universalistic Morals: Friedrich Nietzsche
A Short History of German Philosophy

Vittorio Hösle

, Steven Rendall
Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900). It argues that no other thinker has contributed so much to Germany's estrangement from its classical era. The low quality of his philosophical technique, along with his phenomenological power and brilliant style, accelerated the cultural decline. Journalists and intellectuals prefer to read him rather than Leibniz or Kant, and this has not improved the press or the culture industry. His discontent prophetically anticipated that of whole generations which fell under his spell, because he expressed their sensitivities with unsurpassable incisiveness. However, Nietzsche also triggered a positive change in the history of consciousness, i.e., a sensitivization with regard to the abyssal depth of the human soul and culture, as well as knowledge of the risk to the spirit and the questionable nature of exceptional moral achievements.

Keywords:   Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosophers, German philosophy, German history, consciousness

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