Analysis Of The Book ' Twilight Of The Idols ' Essay

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The Weakness of the Monstrum Friedrich Nietzsche was a German essayist and cultural critic of the 19th century. Nietzsche was born October 15, 1844 and included the passage, The Problem of Socrates in his book, Twilight of the Idols (Wilkerson). This book was used as evidence supporting Nietzsche’s disregard for overrated historical figures, primarily those who were philosophical. Nietzsche’s book, Twilight of the Idols, was one of the last works he finished for publication and was written in about four months, published in January, 1889 (Evans). Nietzsche intended for this book to be controversial as he states in the forward that it is “a grand declaration of war” on the “eternal idols…most believed in” (Evans). He despises how many idols present in this world are falsely immortalized in our minds. These late historical figures and their intelligible influences are made a priority above the life people are intended to live on this Earth as physically strong and perfect. One of the eternal idols that Nietzsche particularly despised was Socrates’ and his endless search for reason. Nietzsche expresses his beliefs of a singularly strong society, how he is certain that philosophers are a weak people poisoning the strong and mighty, and the manner in which philosophers are able to impact a society is deplorable. As one could imagine, Nietzsche did not take well to Socrates convictions in life, and his issues with Socrates are simultaneously compelling and contradictory.
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