Nietzsche, Europe, and the Renaissance

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This paper focuses on sections of Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols that deal with Goethe, with the aim of reflecting on the anthropological ideal that Nietzsche outlines in his late period. I give particular attention to the way in which Nietzsche deals with concepts such as "German", "(good) European", and "free spirit", connecting them in a coherent picture. Finally, I argue that the Renaissance plays an important role in Nietzsche's anthropological project, for it helps to define the spiritual strength that characterizes the healthy type of man whom Nietzsche thought destined to realize his late philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-156
Number of pages14
JournalParadosso. Rivista di Filosofia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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