Friedrich Nietzsche Biography
(German Philosopher, Cultural Critic and Philologist)
Birthday: October 15, 1844 (Libra)
Born In: Röcken, Lützen, Germany
Friedrich Nietzsche was a famous 19th century German philosopher and philologist, known for his critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science. He was widely known for his ideas and concepts like death of God, perspectivism, the Übermensch, eternal recurrence, and the will to power. He started his career as a classical philologist. At the age of 24, he became the youngest individual to hold the chair of classical philology at the ‘University of Basel.’ His writings mostly remained controversial and were often criticized for their anti-Christian faith. His work was later recognized and considered as an effort to teach humanity about personality development and greater individualism. It was said that German soldiers were given a copy of Friedrich’s philosophical novel ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ during ‘World War I’ for inspiration. Famous political leaders like Theodore Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Mussolini, Charles de Gaulle, and Richard Nixon read his works and were influenced by his ideas. His writings also influenced many profound thinkers of the 20th century, including Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Leo Strauss, Albert Camus, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Gilles Deleuze.