Ecce homo by Friedrich Nietzsche

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by Friedrich Nietzsche

Philosophy Autobiography Self-overcoming Critique of Christianity Will to Power Eternal Recurrence

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Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is is a philosophical essay by Friedrich Nietzsche published in 1908. It is considered one of the best autobiographical portraits in modern literature.

Written during a mental crisis that made him enter a psychiatric hospital, Nietzsche makes a new attempt to make his thoughts known. He himself thought that his works would change Western thought and the course of history.

Nietzsche describes and narrates his life from the happy point of view of the Dionysian, ending the book itself with the question: Christ or Dionysus?

Among many ideas, Nietzsche relates Christianity with the denial of the vital values ​​proposed in his concept of superman.

The philosopher even declares himself in part of the work as a messenger of the Apocalypse, affirming that the time will come when such wars and events will take place that will overthrow the institutions of power that Christianity possesses.

Therefore, we find ourselves before one of the most provocative works of the German philosopher, which confronts the European puritanical mentality at that time. One of the greatest defenders and promoters of this work was Sigmund Freud.

This edition of the book Ecce homo is based on Anthony M. Ludovici's translation

"The happiness of my existence, its unique character perhaps, consists in its fatefulness: to speak in a riddle, as my own father I am already dead, as my own mother I still live and grow old. This double origin, taken as it were from the highest and lowest rungs of the ladder of life, at once a decadent and a beginning, this, if anything, explains that neutrality, that freedom from partisanship in regard to the general problem of existence, which perhaps distinguishes me."


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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, writer, and philologist whose work has exerted a profound influ...

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How much truth does a spirit endure, how much truth does it dare?


How I understand the philosopher - as a terrible explosive, endangering everthing... my concept of the philosopher is worlds removed from any concept that would include even a Kant, not to speak of academic "ruminants" and other professors of philosophy...


Resentment, born of weakness, harms no one more than the weak person himself.


I am no man, I am dynamite.


What does not kill me, makes me stronger.

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