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By Friedrich Nietzsche; Anthony M. Ludovici

Precis: Written in 1888 ahead of the ultimate years of madness that might plague Friedrich Nietzsche till his loss of life in 1900, "Ecce Homo" is an insightful mirrored image by way of the writer upon his personal lifestyles and his influence at the global of philosophy. In "Ecce Homo" Nietzsche deals his own standpoint on his numerous philosophical works together with: "The delivery of Tragedy", "Thoughts out of Season", "Human, All-Too-Human", "The sunrise of Day", "The homosexual Science", "Thus Spoke Zarathustra", "Beyond sturdy and Evil", "The family tree of Morals", "The Twilight of the Idols", and "The Case of Wagner". during this revealing little paintings we achieve nice perception into what Nietzsche was once as he observed himself and a last reiteration of his middle philosophy, a rejection of the Christian excellent that announces discomfort as a noble necessity of lifestyles and of Christianity because the bastion of excellent morality.

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This ought really to be known already: for I have not neglected to ‘bear witness’ about myself. But the disparity between the greatness of my task and the smallness of my contemporaries has found expression in the fact that I have been neither heard nor even so much as seen. … I need only to talk with any of the ‘cultured people’ who come to the Ober-Engadin in the summer to convince myself that I am not alive… Under these circumstances there exists a duty against which my habit, even more the pride of my instincts revolts, namely to say: Listen to me!

The whole casuistry of selfishness –… beyond all conception of greater importance than anything that has been considered of importance hitherto. It is precisely here that one has to begin to learn anew…’ And he stresses that the organ he uses to come to his most important conclusions is his nose. ‘I was the first to discover the truth, in that I was the first to sense – smell – the lie as lie… My genius is in my nostrils’ (‘Why I am a Destiny’, 1). This passage follows almost immediately on his writing: I have a terrible fear I shall one day be pronounced holy: one will guess why I bring out this book beforehand; it is intended to prevent people from making mischief with me… I do not want to be a saint, rather even a buffoon… Perhaps I am a buffoon… and none the less, or rather not none the less – for there has hitherto been nothing more mendacious than saints – the truth speaks out of me.

Schopenhauer, Richard Wagner, Socrates, Christ make their final appearances – though the manner in which they do so shows that, if Nietzsche had continued to write, he would still have been preoccupied with them, since at least in the case of the last three, their seductiveness is something that one can never safely say one has conclusively overcome. It is Richard Wagner to whom Nietzsche most obsessively returns in Ecce Homo, no doubt because he is the only major figure in Nietzsche’s demonology with whom he had had a personal relationship, and one which Nietzsche was never inclined to devalue.

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