Philosophy 120 Ethics
Friedrich Nietzsche and Existentialism:
Section I. Biography: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844 to Ludwig and Franziska Nietzsche in Röcken, in the Prussian Province of Saxony. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was named after King Wilhelm IV as the 15th of October was also his birthday, he turned 49. In the summer of 1849 Ludwig Nietzsche suffered nervous seizures which ended Ludwig’s life 10 months later on July 29th, 1849. The death of his father was followed by the death of Friedrich’s brother, Josephchen Nietzsche, who had died of convulsive cramps. After the death of his father and brother his mother was compensated a widow’s pension and an additional pension for the child. It was not enough to continue living in Röcken and the Nietzsche’s were forced to move to Naumburg, where Nietzsche’s grandmother had many contacts for the Nietzsche’s to find suitable lodging. In Naumburg, Friedrich Nietzsche enrolled in an elementary school called Knaben-Bügerschule which left much to be desired. Friedrich was then put into care of a candidate priest named weber where he was given tutoring in Latin, Greek, and religious subjects. In October of 1854 Friedrich was admitted to the fifth form of the Domgymnasium after passing an oral exam in Latin. Friedrich finished at the Domgymnasium with high honors and was offered a scholarship to a boarding school called Pforta. While there he gained much knowledge of Latin, the arts, and how to keep a rigorous routine. In his final years at Pforta he discovered that there was no evidence to prove god as real and there will always remain problems. The first of his extremely strong statements was, “We have been influenced without having had the strength in us to oppose a counter-force, without even realizing that we have been influenced.” (Friedrich Nietzsche: A Biography, Chapter 5/Pg. 31). This was to later become Nietzsche’s concept of self-overcoming,
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