Nietzsche’s Übermensch: His Meaning And Outlook Of Essay

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Sean Daly Death and the Meaning of Life Dr. Hopper 10 December 2010 Nietzsche’s Übermensch: His Meaning and Outlook of Life Nietzsche’s idea of the Übermensch arose from his famous idea that “God is dead”. Through his “God is dead” theory he came up with the theory of Nihilism. Nihilism is the approach to life where one doesn’t question their existence; they rely on ideology to fill the void. He said that once people realized that God is dead, they tried to fill his void with other things. He says that the way people are filling the void now is with the idea of progress. He says right now progress is the use of science to better people’s lives. Nietzsche says that if we don’t change the way we live our lives, then we Nihilism will lead to our demise. This finally leads to his development of the Übermensch. He says that we need the Übermensch to ascend us out of Nihilism. I will take this concept and further explain Nietzsche’s ideas behind his thoughts on how and why they are our saviors. The first section of this paper is about how the Übermensch is brought into being, what he thought the Übermensch really meant. Nietzsche’s theory of the Übermensch also changed throughout his work. He had many theories on how the Übermensch will become and how many there are going to be. His idea of what the Übermensch is going to be is very broad. There was different interpretation that people had of his ideas but most were just outlandish and misguided. This paper will also hit on the differences between the translations of the Übermensch. Nietzsche ideas of the Übermensch have also changed over time. In Nietzsche’s earlier works the he says that the Übermensch is an ideal human being, later he says that Übermensch is a species above man. For the term of ideal human we must look at the aspect that from Nietzsche’s childhood to see that he was amused by heroes. He

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