Monthly Archives: February 2020

Zarathustra’s Discourses: The Tree on the Hill

Previous post: Reading and Writing Zarathustra saw that a certain youth avoided him. And as he walked alone one evening over the hills surrounding the town called “The Pied Cow,” he found the youth sitting leaning against a tree, gazing … Continue reading

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Zarathustra’s Discourses: Reading and Writing

Previous post: The Pale Criminal Having discussed criminality, guilt, and rationalization, Zarathustra turns to those who read. Considering you are reading his book, this seems a bold move on Nietzche’s part. * * * Of all that is written, I … Continue reading

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Zarathustra’s Discourses: The Pale Criminal

Previous Post: Joys and Passions Having discussed how the passions are transmuted into virtues, Zarathustra speaks about crime, madness, and rationalization. * * * Do you judges and sacrificers not intend to kill until the animal has bowed its head? … Continue reading

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Zarathustra’s Discourses: Joys and Passions

Previous Post: Despisers of the Body After his discourse on those whose despise the body, he speaks about the passions, and how your passions become your virtues. * * * My brother, when you have a virtue, and it is … Continue reading

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Zarathustra’s Discourses: Despisers of the Body

Previous Post: Believers in Other-worlds After addressing those who belief in the afterlife, Zarathustra goes on to speak about the foolishness of aesthetics who despise their own bodies. * * * I speak my truth to the despisers of the … Continue reading

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Zarathustra’s Discourses: Believers in Other-worlds

Previous post: The Academic Chair of Virtue After taking on the “feel good” academic wisdom, Zarathustra turns to the religious and, in particular, those who believe in an afterlife that takes place in a “hinterwelt” or “other-world”. * * * … Continue reading

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Zarathustra Visits The Academic Chair of Virtue

Previous Post: The Three Metamorphoses After his discourse on metamorphoses, Zarathustra visits a “wise man”, listens to him profess his wisdom on the virtues and sleep, and offers his own critique of the man. * * * People commended a … Continue reading

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Zarathustra’s Discourses: The Three Metamorphoses

Previous Post: The Rope Dancer After Zarathustra’s prologue and the events of the rope dancer’s death, Nietzche’s book continues with Zarathustra’s discourses. The first of these is titled The Three Metamorphoses. I will tell you about three metamorphoses of the … Continue reading

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Thus Spake Zarathustra: The Rope Dancer

Previous Post: Zarathustra’s Prologue Here’s what happened after Zarathustra’s first attempts to speak to the people fell on deaf ears. * * * Then something happened that made every mouth mute and held every eye. While Zarathrustra was speaking, the rope-dancer … Continue reading

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Thus Spake Zarathustra in Modern English

The English translation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra made by Thomas Common is freely available from Project Gutenberg. Unfortunately, it’s quite old and difficult to read. There are plenty of old forms: thees, thous, and eths. Worse, Common has … Continue reading

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