Monday, April 13, 2020

Nietzsche on Napoleon

Nietzsche describes Napoleon as a synthesis of Unmensch (brute) and Übermensch (overman)—several political leaders in our time, I suppose, would fit this description. Here’s the line from Nietzsche’s book On the Genealogy of Morals: “Like a last signpost to the other path, Napoleon appeared as a man more unique and late-born for his times than ever a man had been before, and in him, the problem of the noble ideal itself was made flesh – just think what a problem that is: Napoleon, this synthesis of Unmensch and Übermensch…”

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