Nietzsche’s Inspiration: Reading Ecce Homo in the Light of Plato’s Ion

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In this essay the author discusses section 3 of Ecce Homo's chapter on Thus Spoke Zarathustra, in which Nietzsche describes his experience of inspiration. The essay tries to clarify that same experience - usually attributed not to philosophers but to artists - by confronting Nietzsche's text with Plato's Ion in order to explore how Nietzsche's description of inspiration is linked to his conception of destiny and, secondly, its key role in Nietzsche's understanding of what philosophy is.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNietzsche's "Ecce Homo"
EditorsNicholas Martin , Duncan Large
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783110246551
ISBN (Print)9783110246544
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


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