We Philologists (Paperback)

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We Philologists (Paperback)

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In this intriguing early paper, Nietzsche describes his fellow philologists physical and mental proclivities with the barbed frankness which soon became his signature style.
This early text was first written by Friedrich Nietzsche around 1874, but was only published after his death in 1900. The title refers to philology - the study of ancient languages - which was Nietzsche's academic specialty prior to venturing into philosophy full-time.
Something of a critique of education at large, in this text the philosopher examines and compares the nature of academics he witnessed and studied among during his years as a philologist with the Ancients whose languages they study. His anecdotes are forthright and pointed - the students and their masters are physically and mentally deficient in comparison to the ideal of the Greek, who is depicted as fit, speaking clearly, and possessed of keen mental acuity. The discussion expands somewhat to range across classical antiquity and mythology, its meaning and importance, and comparisons to Nietzsche's late 19th century Germany.
In many respects a prelude to his various forthright treatises on religion, morality and society, these writings were produced while Nietzsche was still a young man. They are considered by scholars to be a series of drafted notes sketching out the principles of a book rather than a standalone treatise in their own right.
Friedrich Nietzsche was a nihilist philosopher, critic and poet who wrote several works of philosophy which have proven strongly influential since their initial publication in the late 19th century. After beginning his academic career as an expert in ancient Greek and Latin, Nietzsche would steadily advance into philosophy, becoming more convinced and sure of his arguments as time went by. Gradually, his writings became more polemical and provocative, criticising earlier philosophers, established institutions such as the Christian church, and its moral tenets in a series of vehement and swiftly paced writings which at times veer into humorous sarcasm. Nietzsche's final work was The Antichrist, which was completed a short time before a mental breakdown which rendered the scholar incapacitated for the final decade of his life. By the time of his death in 1900 at the age of 55, Nietzsche had assembled a large and devoted following, particularly within academic and scholarly circles, which continues to this day.
Product Details ISBN: 9781534699403
ISBN-10: 1534699406
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: June 16th, 2016
Pages: 70
Language: English