Nietzsche and the Nazis

Nietzsche and the Nazis Friedrich Nietzsche is famous for his statement that God is dead and his provocative account of Master and Slave moralities and for the fact that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis claimed that Niet

  • Title: Nietzsche and the Nazis
  • Author: Stephen R.C. Hicks Christopher Vaughan
  • ISBN: 9780979427077
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 1900 is famous for his statement that God is dead and his provocative account of Master and Slave moralities and for the fact that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis claimed that Nietzsche was one of their great inspirations Were the Nazis right to do so or did they misappropriate Nietzsche s philosophy In this book, based on the 2006 documentary, ProfFriedrich Nietzsche 1844 1900 is famous for his statement that God is dead and his provocative account of Master and Slave moralities and for the fact that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis claimed that Nietzsche was one of their great inspirations Were the Nazis right to do so or did they misappropriate Nietzsche s philosophy In this book, based on the 2006 documentary, Professor Stephen Hicks asks and answers the following questions What were the key elements of Hitler and the National Socialists political philosophy How did the Nazis come to power in a nation as educated and civilized as Germany What was Friedrich Nietzsche s philosophy the philosophy of Live dangerously and That which does not kill us makes us stronger And to what extent did Nietzsche s philosophy provide a foundation for the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis

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    1. "Sec­ond, the Nazis re­ject cos­mopoli­tanism, an ideal of West­ern lib­er­als who be­lieve that all hu­mans are es­sen­tially the same wher­ever one trav­els in the world, and who be­lieve that one should strive to be a cit­i­zen of the world, some­one who can be at home any­where."Alright, so far so good--"These themes ex­plain the de­sign of the Nazis’ swastika flag, as a sym­bolic in­te­gra­tion of the so­cial­ism and the na­tion­al­ism. Red is sym­bolic of so [...]

    2. The book presents good and comprehensive introduction to both Nazism and Nietzsche, but fails, to some extent, to draw its conclusion. Indeed there are some similarities between Nietzsche philosophy and Nazism policies, but no clear explanation was provided to show how these philosophy have put to practice. However, I love Stephen R. C. Hicks's works and lecture (on Youtube) for postmodernism.

    3. Good for finding the truth somewhere in the middle. Were Nazis socialists? They tried to be, and they did privatize some aspects of their economy when deemed necessary. Was Nietzsche an anti-semite? most likely not. Compared to his compatriots he was less than most and seemed most to be an equal opportunity hater of all religions. Nazis were a populist movement. Nietzsche had the concept of the "Overman" and focused a lot on the slave/master dynamics. There are connections to be made, but he als [...]

    4. This is a short and highly readable account of Friedrich Nietzsche's influence on the Nazis. Like Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann, Hicks acknowledges Nietzsche's great appeal and agrees that in some ways, the Nazis misrepresented him. But contrary to Kaufmann, Hicks finds that there are a number of ways in which Nietzsche's philosophy is fully consistent with Nazi ideology. The book includes the complete Nazi Party platform of 1920 as an appendix, as well as a generous selection of quotes from [...]

    5. Our awful history. We must keep the horrors of national socialism foremost in our mind to steer clear of the abyss.

    6. I'm reviewing Nietzsche and the Nazis quite some time after reading but the ideas have stuck in my mind nonetheless. I've had a fascination with Nietzsche ever since I came across a text of aphorisms. I am by no means an expert on Nietzsche. In fact, most of his ideas are so densely referenced to other philosophical texts that I can barely decipher them but one thing that compels me to him and his ideas is that every line of his writing can be turned over and interpreted over days, weeks and mon [...]

    7. I read the book almost immediately after receiving it but I have had difficulty gathering my thoughts and deciding how to review it, not because the book itself was difficult to read; but because I was unsure how to approach this small jewel of a book. I decided to lay out some of the reasons why I both think highly of this book and like it as well.Looking at its title, Nietzsche and the Nazis, I wondered what kind of book is this. Is it history, biography, some combination of both with sociolog [...]

    8. This is a fascinating book. Stephen Hicks points out that all the major social upheavals of the last 200 years had clear philosophical influences- the American Revolution had Locke, the French Revolution had Rousseau, the Communist revolutions in Russia and China had Marx. What about the Nazis? He builds a clear case that Nietzsche was the philosopher whose ideas most influenced the Nazis and he also shows how popular (and not confined to Nietzsche) those ideas were in Germany during the 19th an [...]

    9. This book is a mostly fair comparison between the philosophies of Nietzsche and the Third Reich. It is certainly better than early 20th-century publications that linked the two at the hip, and also better than revisionists such as Walter Kaufmann, who is an otherwise fantastic translator and biographer of Nietzsche, but perhaps had too much of a vested interest in defending Nietzsche from political criticism. It was refreshing to read about the philosophical underpinnings of Nazism, even if the [...]

    10. While much of this book is good, and the overall message was much more balanced than other treatments, many of the author's points are flat out wrong. The Nazis were NOT socialists, despite what their name might have said. The existence of early documentation that had a socialist sounding platform was intentional as has been conclusively shown elsewhere.

    11. I share Stephens view that it is important to try to understand the underlaying philosophical foundations of nazis if we are to stop a second coming of their world view. And the recent european union elections was very worrying in that regard.

    12. Clear, concise overview of Nazi philosophy and where it followed / differed from Nietzsche.youtu/RC5HOXr9xX0

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