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Nietzsche, Friedrich

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Author(s): Kubik, Andreas
Life and Work 1. Friedrich Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844, the son of a Protestant minister. Even before the end of his studies, he was Professor of Ancient Philology in Basle. Psychosomatic complaints obliged him to lay aside his office in 1879. From then on he lived on his pension and freelance authorship, and until 1889 was usually traveling in Switzerland and Italy. As to his Weltanschauung, Arthur Schopenhauer and Richard Wagner were his first influences, from both of whom he later turned away. The unwonted breadth of his lectures, not always matche…