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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche Distinctive Philosopher and Contributor to Modern Philosophy of the Twentieth Century I know my fate One day there will be associated with my name the recollection of something frightful- of a crisis like no other before on earth of the profoundest collision of conscience of a decision evoked against everything that until then had been believed in demanded sanctified I am not a man I am dynamite Nietzsche said this about his own work in one of his most widely acclaimed essays Why I am a Destiny Nietzsche did interpret his own fate accurately in the days when his genius mind was deteriorating rapidly eventually leaving him senile and ready for death Though he was unread and insignificant during his own lifetime Nietzsches works extensively influenced revolutionary philosophers in the century to follow From American theologian Paul Tillich to German philosopher Martin Heidegger his works inspired thousands in their eternal search for an explanation of the psychological elements of life and beyond Considered to be one of the first existentialists his convictions were completely original to his own distinctive mind yet built and expanded upon by philosophers after his time Probably one of the most critiqued and acclaimed theorists of all times he is essential to modern philosophy Nietzsches early life greatly shaped his ideas He was born into a church-oriented family with clergy members on each parents side of the family tree His life was predetermined for him by his family he was to be a clergy man as well Nietzsche was sent to attend a first-rate boarding school called Schulpforta There he began to study philology Around the age of eighteen however he began to explore philosophy intensively and his faith suffered He encountered Schopenhauers World as Will and Idea In response to Will and Idea Nietzsche commented It seemed as if Schopenhauer were addressing me personally I felt his enthusiasm and seemed to see him before
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