A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by Friedrich Nietzsche, one of the most influential of all modern thinkers. Titles in this study guide include The Birth of Tragedy, The Genealogy of Morals, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and Beyond Good and Evil.
As a prominent influencer of modern intellectual history, Nietzsche’s writings on human nature, morality, and individuality have wielded an enormous impact on Western philosophy. His attempts to expose the motives that underlie traditional Western religion, morality, and philosophy can be seen through his continual use of value as a theme in his work.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (, or ; 15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist, and scholar of Latin and Greek whose work has exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history. He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. He became the youngest ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869 at the age of 24. Nietzsche resigned in 1879 due to health problems that plagued him most of his life; he completed much of his core writing in the following decade. In 1889, at age 44, he suffered a collapse and afterward a complete loss of his mental faculties. He lived his remaining years in the care of his mother until her death in 1897 and then with his sister Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche. Nietzsche died in 1900.