Zarathustra's Secret by Joachim Kohler

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Over a century after his death in 1900, Nietzsche remains a seminal figure in the history of European intellectual life. Celebrated as a liberator by some, maligned as a pernicious influence by others, he was the subject of controversy during his lifetime, pursuing a hedonistic individualism and espousing concepts such as the Superman and the Will to Power until he died, after a decade of institutionalized insanity. In this biography, Joachim Kohler seeks to understand Nietzsche's philosophy through a reconstruction of his inner life. Through a reinterpretation of his letters, diaries and writings, Kohler shows that Nietzsche's suppressed homosexuality, generating a hatred of Christianity and conventional morality, was a central influence on his work, and argues that his philosophical position was fundamentally compromised by the concealment of his forbidden sexual desire. Throughout his life, as the author demonstrates, the unhappy genius was also plagued by terrible nightmares, stemming from his much-loved father's death, which led to a profoundly disturbed conscience and an intense loathing of metaphysics. Seeking to disguise the truth of his innermost torments, Nietzsche contrived the persona of Zarathustra. The story of the great Persian philosopher, argues Kohler, reveals Nietzsche's own suppression and dionysiac liberation, and presents the culmination of his secret yearnings in the new myth of the Superman who, in his naked beauty, resembled the gods of classical Greece.
 

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Kohler is a writer and publisher. Author Ronald Taylor is a retired New Mexico State Police (NMSP) uniform patrol sergeant with over 40 years of service. He has been collecting motor patrol and state police photographs and memorabilia for over 30 years. One of his biggest challenges has been tracking down information on officers from the early years to share their memories and photographs. Taylor is considered to be the unofficial historian for the New Mexico State Police. He has been involved with writing the department history for four NMSP yearbooks.
 
Published March 1, 1968 by Da Capo Press. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Gay & Lesbian, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Author and journalist Köhler has carefully charted the history of philosophy, music and Nazism in well-received translated works like Nietzsche and Wagner: A Lesson in

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Author and journalist Köhler has carefully charted the history of philosophy, music and Nazism in well-received translated works like Nietzsche and Wagner: A Lesson in Subjugation and Wagner's Hitler: The Prophet and His Disciple.

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