By Jacob Golomb, Robert S. Wistrich
Nietzsche, the Godfather of Fascism? What can Nietzsche have in universal with this murderous ideology? usually defined because the "radical aristocrat" of the spirit, Nietzsche abhorred mass tradition and strove to domesticate an Übermensch endowed with unheard of psychological traits. What can this sort of philosopher have in universal with the fascistic manipulation of the hundreds for chauvinistic ambitions that overwhelmed the autonomy of the individual?
The query that lies on the center of this assortment is how Nietzsche got here to procure the lethal "honor" of being thought of the thinker of the 3rd Reich and no matter if such claims had any justification. Does it make any feel to carry him in a roundabout way liable for the horrors of Auschwitz?
The editors current a variety of perspectives that try to do justice to the paradox and richness of Nietzsche's notion. satisfactory contributions through numerous distinct philosophers and historians discover intensive Nietzsche's attitudes towards Jews, Judaism, Christianity, anti-Semitism, and nationwide Socialism. They interrogate Nietzsche's writings for fascist and anti-Semitic proclivities and examine how they have been learn through fascists who claimed Nietzsche as their highbrow godfather.
There is far that's disturbingly antiegalitarian and antidemocratic in Nietzsche, and his writings on Jews are open to differing interpretations. but his emphasis on individualism and contempt for German nationalism and anti-Semitism placed him at stark odds with Nazi ideology.
The Nietzsche that emerges here's a tragic prophet of the non secular vacuum that produced the 20th century's totalitarian pursuits, the philosopher who most sensible clinically determined the pathologies of fin-de-siècle eu tradition. Nietzsche dared to seem into the abyss of recent nihilism. This booklet tells us what he found.
The individuals are Menahem Brinker, Daniel W. Conway, Stanley Corngold, Kurt Rudolf Fischer, Jacob Golomb, Robert C. Holub, Berel Lang, Wolfgang Müller-Lauter, Alexander Nehamas, David Ohana, Roderick Stackelberg, Mario Sznajder, Geoffrey Waite, Robert S. Wistrich, and Yirmiyahu Yovel.