Friedrich Nietzsche
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"Nietzsche is pietzsche, but Sartre is smartre."
— Zak Klaas

Basic Information

Born October 15, 1844 in Röcken Germany, was a German philosopher and critic of culture. He wrote a large number of books such as The Birth of Tragedy, Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks, On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense, Human: All Too Human, The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, and Twilight of the Idols. He was a strong believer in ethical egoism, or the moral theory that people act primarily in there own self interest and Slave-Master morality, where Nietzsche argues there are two different types of morality. Masters who believes that actions should be judged by the consequences while the slave measures an action based on the means that a conclusion is found. Nietzsche died shortly after a mental breakdown in the streets of Turin it remains unknown what happened to him. After his death his works were altered by his sister, a fanatical Nazi, to justify the reich.


Game and Story Use

  • In a Time Travel or Historical campaign set in the 19th Century, Nietzsche might be an interesting NPC to meet.
  • An NPC might have an ethical philosophy based on that of Nietzsche's; or more likely, a superficial understanding of Nietzsche's.
    • The latter is especially true if the NPC is a Darwinist and/or villain
  • What exactly did happen to Nietzsche after he died? Was his body taken by a cult of Übermenschen?
    • Was he killed by a cult of Übermenschen?
      • Or by a group fearing the eventual Übermenschen revolution?
        • If God is Dead, does Nietzsche have an alibi?
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