Nietzsche and Kierkegaard Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Nietzsche and Kierkegaard
An examination of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, on the individual in relation to faith and society.
# 86732 | 1,350 words | 2 sources | 2005 | US

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The argumentative paper analyzes excerpts from both Nietzsche and Kierkegaard. The paper discusses the individual's response to faith, which for Nietzsche is a poor substitute for the will, and for Kierkegaard is a positive force. The paper explores several quotations beyond the specified passages, concluding that Nietzsche and Kierkegaard have radically dissimilar approaches given that they are both from European cultures.

From the Paper:

"Nietzsche and Kierkegaard on the Individual in Relation to Faith and Culture. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) and Soren Kierkegaard's ideas are more than familiar to us in the early 20th century, significant for having offered radical alternatives to then `mainstream' cultures, in their own times. When Nietzsche ventured in, The Gay Science, "who are we anyway?", in this question alone, he presented a strong challenge to central European popular culture that remain rooted in Christian or Judeo-Christian notions of social membership as they had become combined, over time, with bourgeois and literate culture (p.286)."

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