- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (3 February 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780140445152
- ISBN-13: 978-0140445152
- ASIN: 0140445153
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.2 x 0.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 118 g
- Customer Reviews: 31 customer ratings
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Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One is Paperback – 3 February 1993
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Known for saying that 'god is dead,' Nietzsche propounded his metaphysical construct of the superiority of the disciplined individual (superman) living in the present over traditional values derived from Christianity and its emphasis on heavenly rewards. His ideas were appropriated by the Fascists, who turned his theories into social realities that he had never intended.
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This is perhaps why Nietzsche is such a guilty pleasure. One suspects the net result is zero sense, one hundred percent sensation. Not the sort of thing you’d like to read in the condemned cell, but on a sunlight day when you feel yourself immortal.
In the end I think Chesterton’s wry observation of Nietzsche is quite significant. He remarked on the title Beyond Good and Evil, that this is typical of a romantic substituting the word Beyond for Better (more Good). So what he’s really saying is More Good than Good. Or perhaps More Bad than Bad (Better than the Best and Worse than the Worst?) Kindergarten silliness.
In our more sober moments we wonder if Nietzsche’s saying anything at all. In logic anything is implied by a contradiction.
But as he says of himself “only a fool, only a poet”.
It all ends in a bunker or an asylum: to some a hero, to others another deluded deluder.