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Nietzsche, Friedrich
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(Oct 15, 1844, Röcken near Leipzig–Aug 25, 1900, Weimar).

Nietzsche is the key philosophical figure for understanding modernity. Like no other before him, he diagnosed the break with tradition taking place in his time and reflected on the consequences of this process. In doing so, his intention was neither to glorify the past nor to count on a better future. Nietzsche is not a romantic and not a propagandist of progress, but sees himself as a transition thinker; he looks back on a his-tory that bears…

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Figal, Günter, “Nietzsche, Friedrich”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024111>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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