Friedrich Nietzsche Analytical Essay

Friedrich Nietzsche
Analysis of Nietzsche's perspective on social class and freedom.
# 55991 | 1,392 words | 4 sources | APA | 2005 | US
Published on Feb 09, 2005 in English (General) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper summarizes, discusses, and analyzes Nietzsche's views on power, social class, and freedom within an aristocratic society. The paper points out that several different schools of thought on society and class can be traced to Nietzsche and that his theories were taken in a number of ways by a number of different people, many of them artists, playwrights, composers, scholars, and politicians. The paper also points out that, however Nietzsche's philosophy is interpreted, it left his mark upon society as one of the major philosophers of the nineteenth century.

From the Paper:

"Nietzsche's philosophy is very passionate and easy to understand on a basic level, and it is interesting because he appeals to an emotional state and solicits support through examples that are very vividly described. This philosopher is part of what many scholars have come to know as postmodernism, and his text stands as a testament to questioning the way things operate in social structures that involve master-slave relationships and tension, which is let go in terms of decadence and corruption as more powerful people come along and conquer the culture. Many different observers have taken different things away from Nietzsche's words, and he stands as a determinist philosopher who had a unique perspective regarding social class and freedom, especially within an aristocratic society. Nietzsche assays the relationship that exists within this society in terms of power, in looking at the master and the slave as having essentially different moralities that are based on different experiences. The philosopher also assays the present in his text (of his text) in terms of looking at the power relationship of the aristocracy as having spiraled out of control or out of the reach of its own moral standards, which causes corruption and invites a further pattern to exist in which the corrupt culture is overthrown and replaced. This relationship of overthrowing and conquering is important to Nietzsche's text, which seems at times to be almost obsessed with the nature of pure power."

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