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Homer and Classical Philology

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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 - August 25, 1900) was a German philosopher. His writing included critiques of religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, using a distinctive style and displaying a fondness for aphorism. Nietzsche's influence remains substantial within and beyond philosophy, notably in existentialism and postmodernism.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Book Jungle (first published 1869)
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Homer and Classical Philology , by Friedrich Nietzsche

Homer und die klassische Philologie is Friedrich Nietzsche's 1869 Antrittsvorlesung (inaugural address) at the University of Basel. In the tradition of German language universities, a newly installed professor gives a public address to introduce some aspect of his work and thus himself professionally. This is a moment of triumph, but also a moment of possible considerable embarrassment.

Nietzsche's Professur was in classical philology
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"Hellenism is looked upon as a superseded and hence very insignificant point of view. Against these enemies, we philologists must always count upon the assistance of artists and men of artistic minds; for they alone can judge how the sword of barbarism sweeps over the head of every one who loses sight of the unutterable simplicity and noble dignity of the Hellene; and how no progress in commerce or technical industries, however brilliant, no school regulations, no political educati
To think that the rant was only to introduce himself worthy as one wo be in the council of Philologists, this is an overkill. Neitzsche completely explains how the art of interconnection of these abstract concepts (philology) is a "blessing" descended from the heavenlies. And any "man-genius" adept enough to wield this art will come under heavy scrutiny as long as the process is seen in the light of the whole (what he calls [and I paraphrase as] a people-genius or collective soul-thinking). Neit ...more
Very good lecture. Four out of five stars for the confusing beginning of it, though - the first third or so of the lecture was, I believe, insight into philology... It took about a third of the lecture of this discussion before the actual subject of Homer was introduced.
An interesting lecture which I read more out of curiosity about young (25-year old) Nietzsche. "Science tells us that life is worth knowing. Art tells us that life is worth living." For philosophy people only.
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900) (Arabic: فريدريك نيتشه) was a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in, rather than those situated in a world beyond. Central to ...more
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