Ecce Homo: How To Become What You Are (Oxford World's Classics)

Ecce Homo: How To Become What You Are (Oxford World's Classics)

Friedrich Nietzsche

Language: English

Pages: 176


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'I am not a man, I am dynamite.'

Ecce Homo is an autobiography like no other. Deliberately provocative, Nietzsche subverts the conventions of the genre and pushes his philosophical positions to combative extremes, constructing a genius-hero whose life is a chronicle of incessant self-overcoming. Written in 1888, a few weeks before his descent into madness, the book sub-titled 'How To Become What You Are' passes under review all Nietzsche's previous works so that we, his 'posthumous' readers, can finally understand
him aright, on his own terms. He reaches final reckonings with his many enemies - Richard Wagner, German nationalism, 'modern men' in general - and above all Christianity, proclaiming himself the Antichrist. Ecce Homo is the summation of an extraordinary philosophical career, a last great testament to
Nietzsche's will.

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I look for another word for music, I always find only the word ‘Venice’. I can make no distinction between tears and music; I do not know how to imagine happiness, the south, without a shudder of timidity. By the bridge stood I Lately in the dusky night. From afar came singing: In golden drops it welled up Across the quivering expanse. 30 Ecce Homo (II 8) Gondolas, lights, music— Drunkenly they swam out into the gloaming... My soul, a stringed instrument, Sang to itself, invisibly touched, A

elements, though—you must have no regrets, must not disown any part of yourself (‘I would not want to abandon an action after the event’: II 1); rather, you must aim for absolutely inclusive self-ownership. The dynamic of self-overcoming ultimately involves a kind of incorporation, then: you incorporate what was alien into your task by affirming it and deeming it retrospectively to have been a necessary stage in your personal development (‘redeeming’ it—the only kind of redemption Zarathustra

other words the opposite of the cowardice of the ‘idealist’, who takes flight from reality; Zarathustra has more bravery in his body than all the other thinkers put together. Tell the truth and shoot arrows well, that is Persian virtue.*—Am I understood?... The self-overcoming of morality out of truthfulness, the self-overcoming of the moralist into his opposite—me—this is what the name of Zarathustra means in my mouth. 4 At root my term ‘immoralist’ incorporates two denials. On the one hand I am

Geister’). 53 on p. 93: passage to be found towards the end of UM III 7. I could see the land: Nietzsche takes up the biblical motif of the ‘promised land’ here, as in the preface to On the Genealogy of Morals. Cf. also GS 382, quoted at III ‘Z’ 2. the philosopher . . . puts everything in danger: pre-empts Nietzsche’s famous claim at IV 1, ‘I am not a man, I am dynamite’. Cf. also TI IX 44. Human, All Too Human 55 a book for free spirits: the book’s subtitle. hundredth anniversary . . . 1878: the

77, 88, 94‒5; see also opposition control 12 convalescence 8, 16; see also recovery; recuperation; restoration conversion 21 conviction 32, 55 Conway, Daniel W. xxiii cooking 20 Copenhagen xii, 38, 87 Cornaro, Luigi xv–xvi Corneille, Pierre 24 corruption xxvi, 33, 62 cosmopolitanism 56 cost 27, 90, 100 counter-concept 69, 95 counterfeiting 38, 85, 93 counter-ideal 79 courage 4, 13, 37, 38, 40, 47, 52, 67, 77, 87; see also bravery; discouragement court 10, 83, 85 courtesy 13 cowardice 4, 30, 39,

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