Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844 - 1900

The madman jumped into their midst and pierced them with his eyes. “Whither is God?” he cried; “I will tell you. We have killed him — you and I. All of us are his murderers….”

— Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science (Aphorism 125)


Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844, on the forty-ninth birthday of his namesake, the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, in the small German village of Röcken bei Lützen, southwest of Leipzig. Nietzsche was descended from Lutheran ministers; his paternal grandfather, Friedrich August Ludwig Nietzsche, was a distinguished Protestant scholar. When Nietzsche was… [Read More]


Nietzsche’s influence has been deep and abiding: one need consider only the ubiquity of terms he made current: “creativity,” “values,” “power,” “self-expression,” “historicism,” and “genealogy.” [Read More]

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