Nietzsche

1989 GT4. Discovered 1989 Apr. 3 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named in memory of the great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), renowned for his criticisms on religion, philosphy and morality. One of his early writings, The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music (1872), remains a classic in the history of esthetics. His best-known work is Thus spoke Zarathustra (1883-1885), in which he noted that most men can not accept the intrinsic meaninglessness of existence: they therefore seek supplanting absolutes to invest life with meaning (philosphy and religion). But now "God is dead". The slaughter of rivals and the conquest of the earth will proceed, under the banners of universal brotherhood, democracy and socialism. (M 29148)

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