[Paleopsych] NYT: Prof. Nietzsche Dead

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Prof. Nietzsche Dead
August 26, 1900

    Weimar, Aug. 25.--Prof. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, the philosopher,
    died here today of apoplexy.

    Prof. Nietzsche was one of the most prominent of modern German
    philosophers, and he is considered the apostle of extreme modern
    rationalism and one of the founders of the socialistic school, whose
    ideas have had such a profound influence on the growth of political
    and social life throughout the civilized world. Nietzsche was largely
    influenced by the pessimism of Schopenhauer and his writings, full of
    revolutionary opinions, were fired with a fearless iconoclasm which
    surpassed the wildest dreams of contemporary free thought. His
    doctrines however, were inspired by lofty aspirations, while the
    brilliancy of his thought and diction and the epigrammatic force of
    his writings commanded even the admiration of his most pronounced
    enemies, of which he had many.

    Of Slavonic ancestry Nietzsche was born in 1844 in the village of
    Rocken, on the historic battlefield of Lutzen. He lost his parents
    early in life, but received a fine education at the Latin School at
    Pforta, concluding his studies at Bonn and Leipsic. Although educated
    for the ministry, Nietzsche soon renounced all faith and Christianity
    on the ground that it impeded the free expansion of life. He then
    devoted his attention to the study of Oriental languages and accepted
    in 1869 a professorship at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

    This position he held until 1876, when overwork induced an affection
    of the brain and eyes, and he had to travel for his health. During
    these years of suffering and while in distressed circumstances he
    wrote most of his works. Since 1889 Nietzsche had been hopelessly
    insane, living in Weimar, at the home of his sister, Elizabeth
    Forster-Nietzsche, who has edited his works. For many years he was a
    close friend of Richard Wagner, the composer. His principal
    publications are "The Old Faith and the New," "The Overman," "The Dawn
    of Day," "Twilight of the Gods," and "So Spake Zrathustra," which is
    perhaps the most remarkable of his works.

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