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Born 1844 Rocken Germany Died 1900 Weimar Germany Major Works The Gay Science 1882 Thus Spoke Zarathustra 1883-1885 Beyond Good Evil 1886 On the Genealogy of Morals 1887 MAJOR IDEAS Self deception is a particularly destructive characteristic of West Culture Life is The Will To Power our natural desire is to dominate and reshape the world to fit our own preferences and assert our personal strength to the fullest degree possible Struggle through which individuals achieve a degree of power commensurate with their abilities is the basic fact of human existence Ideals of human equality perpetuate mediocrity -- a truth that has been distorted and concealed by modern value systems Christian morality which identifies goodness with meekness and servility is the prime culprit in creating a cultural climate that thwarts the drive for excellence and self realization God is dead a new era of human creativity and achievement is at hand -- Great Thinkers In The Western World By Ian P McGreal 1992 PREFACE Much information is available on Mr Friedrich Nietzsche including many books that he wrote himself during his philosophical career I took this as a good sign I would find a fountain of enlightened material produced by the man Ive had to go through a bit of my own philosophical meditations to put my own value judgements aside and truly look for the contributions Nietzsche gave to philosophy Much of my understanding came only after I had a grasp of Neitzsches history therefore I encourage you to read-up on his history before diving into his philosophy see Appendix I The modern Westerner might disagree with every aspect of his philosophy but there are many things one must unfortunately admit are true only if you put your morality aside So from here I will present his contributions to philosophy and do my best to delete my own opinions other than to say that he was not the
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