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Nietzsche’s EnlightenmentThe Free-Spirit Trilogy of the Middle Period$
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Paul Franco

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226259819

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226259840.001.0001

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Birth of a Free Spirit

(p.1) Prologue
Nietzsche’s Enlightenment

Paul Franco

University of Chicago Press

The prologue tells the story of how Friedrich Nietzsche fled to the resort of Klingenbrunn in the Bohemian Forest and began to write the notes that eventually formed the first part of Human, All too Human. This book marks Nietzsche’s decisive break with his earlier philosophy and with the two figures who exercised the greatest influence on it, Arthur Schopenhauer and Richard Wagner. With the publication of Human, All too Human, Nietzsche declared his independence and cut the cord between him and Schopenhauerian pessimism, as well as all forms of romanticism in one fell swoop. In studying Nietzsche’s reasons for this shift in philosophy, it is necessary to unravel his complicated relationship with Wagner and Schopenhauer in the years leading up to the Bayreuth Festival of 1876.

Keywords:   romanticism, schopenhauerian pessimism, friedrich nietzsche, arthur schopenhauer, richard Wagner, Bayreuth Festival

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