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Who is Friedrich Nietzsche Can a man born in 1844 really tell us anything of relevance in the twenty-first century To simply say Nietzsche was a German philosopher would be an injustice lets stay clear of labels Ill simply describe Nietzsche as a man with an incredible metal penetration of situations covering all walks of life Friedrich Nietzsche 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 which 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 cultural life including dancers poets novelists painters psychologists philosophers sociologists and social revolutionaries We have all bought into or been influenced by whatever we have been exposed to and taught Some philosophers have attempted to get away from these influences by denying all Nietzsche encourages us to look at past philosophers and to reevaluate our beliefs and values and to question their origin To attempt to understand why we philosophize as we do and to think that perhaps the thinkers before us were still so influenced that What philosophers create is a world that satisfies the desire of the heart their reasons come later pg550 Philosophers attempt to create the world in their own imageEveryone has a dissatisfaction w life - a desire to define good and evil to know what satisfaction is - and N is attempting to get us to deny this dissatisfation - to ask ourselves if we would be ok w this eternal recurrance do you think that our current craze of political correctness our frenzy to decide what is good and what would be satisfying to the whole would be agreeable to N I
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