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Nietzsche and His Philosophies At approximately ten oclock am on October 15 1844 not only a human being was born but also a foundation was laid for future revolutions in the ways of philosophy and interpretation of human thought Nietzsche was a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of traditional morality and Christianity He believed in life creativity health and the realities of the world we live in rather than those situated in a world beyond Central to Nietzsches philosophy is the idea of life-affirmation which involves an honest questioning of all doctrines that drain lifes energies however socially prevalent those views might be Often referred to as one of the first existentialist philosophers Nietzsche has inspired leading figures in all walks of life Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was born to Lutheran pastor Karl Ludwig Nietzsche in the small town of Rocken Prussia Nietzsches grandfathers were also Lutheran ministers and his paternal grandfather was further distinguished as a Protestant scholar one of whose books 1796 affirmed the everlasting survival of Christianity Wicks 1997 His father died when he was just five years old and the death of his brother soon followed In his adolescent years he attended a boarding school where he prepared for his studies at the university Nietzsche entered the University of Bonn in 1864 as a theology and philology student Soon after being influenced by Friedrich Wilhelm Ritschl Nietzsche transferred to the University of Leipzig in 1865 Momentous for Nietzsche in 1865 was his accidental discovery of Arthur Schopenhauers The World as Will and Representation in a local bookstore Schopenhauers atheistic and turbulent vision of the world in conjunction with his highest praise of music as an art form captured Nietzsches imagination and the extent to which the cadaverous perfume of Schopenhauers world-view continued to permeate Nietzsches mature thought is still a matter of scholarly debate Wicks 1997 After discovering Schopenhauer Nietzsche was highly influenced
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