Nietzsche and the Responsibility of Intellectuals

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Theories and ideas have consequences, like actions do. As a rule, we hold people responsible for their actions. In a similar way, we should reasonably hold intellectuals responsible for their theories and ideas. Among the aims of this paper is to consider whether the fact that Nietzsche’s thought was distorted and manipulated by Fascist and Nazi ideologues is a sufficient condition for releasing Nietzsche from all responsibility for the crimes that were partly justified through the appeal to his philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFriedrich Nietzsche
Subtitle of host publicationLegacy and Prospects
EditorsY. V. Sineokaya, E. A. Poljakova
Place of PublicationMoscow
PublisherLRC Publishing House
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-5-6040195-0-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1990)
  • Moral responsibility
  • Responsibility of Intellectuals
  • Ideologies
  • Fascism
  • Nazism


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