A German philosopher of the late nineteenth century. Fredrick Nietszche began his academic career in philology, the study of languages and linguistic systems. He became an admirer of Wagner, with whom he later fell out. Following the publication of 'The Geneology of Morals', his main concern was to reaffirm life in 'the twilight of the idols'.
His phrase 'god is dead, we are all his murderers' was not an attack against religion as such, but against nihilism which believed in nothing on the one hand, and on the churches and christians who had sapped the true value and meaning out of life and religion on the other. Thus he claimed the churches were 'sepulchres', and the nihilists he urged to 'keep holy your highest hope'. That hope he grounded in the act of creation, and affirmed in the idea of 'eternal recurrence' - the ultimate affirmation of life.

These ideas are best outlined in 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra', in particular the sections 'The Tree on the Mountainside' and 'On the Three Metamorphoses'. In this last section he outlines how the human soul begins as 'a camel' wieghted down by loyalty to the old gods, then he must become a 'lion' and denounce them before becoming 'a child' who creates a new value and new meaning for his life.

Nietzsche owed much to Eastern, particularly Buddhist metaphysics, as well, I suspect, as being influenced by William Blake and Wagner. His is the same kind of reaffirming existential mission. His influence on the 20th C. existentialists also mark him out as one of the early 'fathers' of 'postmodernism'.
'But by my love and hope I beseech you; Do not throw away the hero in your soul! Hold holy your highest hope!'
Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
by Aron Paul February 22, 2004
A German artist whose works availed themselves especially to individuals who thoroughly studied them after thoroughly studying a great deal of philosophy, history, science, psychology (theoretical and introspective), and art (mainly music and poetry).
Friedrich Nietzsche simply wrote excellent German prose.
by Jyotpal November 21, 2005
Friedrich Nietzsche (pronounced Nee-cha; not Nee-che) is arguably one of the most misunderstood intellectuals of all time, and for good reason, because a lot of his work contradicts itself––I believe he does so on purpose. Arguably, to allow whomever reads his work to think for himself and not merely accept, on whim, his every insight--a very socratic way of teaching.

Nietzsche, in his literature, put forth enormous effort into critically analyzing and, in most cases, attacking institutions and ideologies that perverted man's desire to be an autonomous agent (such as attacking idolatry, dogmatism, and patriotism/jingoism to name a few). As much as he despised these institutions that buried man's desire to be the master of his own destiny, he also acknowledged the significance of their existence, because without knowing plight; suffrage; and mortality, man cannot become better than what he is; he cannot become the Übermensch (man in his ideal form––his plutonic form).
"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently." –Friedrich Nietzsche
by Mikhail Bakunin February 08, 2011
onomatopoeia) the sound a sneeze makes.
"Mel Brooks is my hero. !NIETZSCHE!"
"Vergangenheit."
"Thanks."
by Robert J. Blevins July 26, 2006
A philosopher who has never had a decent critique written of him, yet is still excluded, due to his opposition to Christianity, democracy, socialism, utilitarianism and other stupid theories.
Critiques of Nietzsche never get any better than the bollocks you see above
by Professor January 10, 2004
some german weirdo from the 19th century who became today the hippest philosopher on earth. basically he mixes affected nihilism with pubescent fantasies of unlimited power. which is why all the smug middle class teenies and twentysomethings love him.

plus he is an atheist, which is soooo edgy in 2013.
nietzsche quote: god is gay and i'm the ubermensch with a giant cock!

WOOOOW, so deep, i'm gonna post this on facebook after watching clockwork orange and fight club for the 100th time!!!!
by dadadadadadama January 01, 2013
19th century philosopher and perennial madman heralded as a christ-like figure by other small-time madmen.

He'd spend most of his time climbing the swiss alps and enjoying Der Scënery and writing allusions to Diogenes that only dozens may read in his lifetime; caught syphilis from some hooker in Leipzig.
most dilettantes who claim to know Nietzsche pulls out his famous saying, "God is Dead", without ever knowing the more prolific theme he presents to us over and over again in his works: WILL TO POWER. that is to say, "jocking dem bitchez; slappin' dem hoes", if you will.
by Sleazy 3 February 15, 2011
A philosopher whom everybody has heard and read about yet nobody understands.
"Nietzsche is dead." -God
by Jagermeifter999 May 03, 2008

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