PHILOSOPHY - Nietzsche

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“The challenge begins with how to pronounce his name. The first bit should sound like ‘Knee’, the second like ‘cher’: Knee – cher.
Friedrich Nietzsche was born in 1844 in a quiet village in the eastern part of Germany, where – for generations – his forefathers had been pastors. He did exceptionally well at school and university; and so excelled at ancient Greek (a very prestigious subject, at the time) that he was made a professor at the University of Basel when still only in his mid-twenties…”

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  • crabstickz

    Love love LOVE this channel! 

  • Angelini

    Nietzsche was the philosopher who most opened people's minds to the real mediocrity that is the world.

  • Milixen

    Sort of ironic Nietzche didn't manage to overcome himself.

  • Bagmisikha Puhan

    Sadly, he is still misunderstood by many.

  • Slippery Gyspy

    "Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman- a rope over an abyss." Friedrich NietzscheNietzsche was more spiritual than most people realize. He's been misinterpreted a lot. The Superman (Ubermensch) he is talking about is someone who overcomes his animal nature and becomes a spiritual being. "The Present" explains the nature of both animal and spiritual realm: Google 'The Truth Contest' for more information.

  • Qiu Yazhu

    If Nietzsche was alive today, he would probably be those kind of people that comments they were born in the wrong era, lol.

  • The Coffee Nut

    I love the idea behind owning up to envy. I used to hate on certain people with success "Oh they sold their soul. They are probably horrible people inside" on and on because I didn't admit I wanted what they had. Now, if someone is succeeding in something '"Good for them. I want that too!"

  • tinkerchel

    As someone who had attempted and failed suicide, someone who's still struggling on the borderline of life and death even now, I'm literally crying tears at just how much this video speaks for my feelings right now. I've recently came out of a relationship consisted of physical and psychological abuse, topped by being thrown into a mental hospital in a foreign country just because my ex bribed the officials even though I'm perfectly sane in most sense. What followed was appalling, my family refused to learn about the core of my suffering and my need to fight and survive. Instead they insisted on drugging me to "ease my pain". I strongly refused because I wouldn't go through my life lying to myself. My mom, a Christian, who abandoned me on several occasions since my early childhood now leaves everything to god. Sh refuses to give me any real help despite the fact that she was my only close family left, and so am I to her. I'm suffering all these things Nietzsche despised. I fear that one day my family would lose their patience and stuff me in a hospital, pumped me with druggs so to get me to their desired state of "peace" and "happiness". While all the while I would much prefer going out in a storm. P.S.I really wish to distinguish myself from those who see the problems in their lives but never dare to change anything. I've grown to hate that particular mentality. As much as I cry and scream about my torment, I've never stopped fighting to get my life back. It's just in this process, Ive never felt so alone and misunderstood. But thanks for giving me the courage to go on fighting, SOL, especially Alain. I've found you after watching your interview about your book "What Great Philosophers Can Teach Us About How to Live". Almost everything you've said resonated with me. You are making the greatest difference imaginable in my life, at this very special time.

  • Zmbe Jet

    great vids, subscribed, i hope you continue

  • Blarghalt

    Screw philosophy, I want to know what arcane forces Nietzsche dabbled in to grow that 'stache.

  • Pending

    Wait.... the gay science?

  • Simon Taylor

    I smashed a bottle of vodka in someones face yesterday, stole my samsung neo 5

  • knpstrr

    watching this while drinking red wine... whoops!

  • Mikołaj Dołhun

    Was the scene about beating a horse to death in Dostoyevski's Crime and Punishment somehow connected to Frederich's experience?

  • Mike B

    I find it humorous that Nietzsche was a miserable man who felt the need to advise people on how to live.

  • Spiritofblake

    But WHAT did he ''understand'' during the ''horse episode''/breakdown?? Could it have been an alternate basis for ''slave morality'' and humanistic/intellectual/cultural development alike, one grounded in genuine empathy and altruism? That would mirror the psychological/moral journey of Raskolnikov in ''Crime and Punushment'' who at the beginning of the book - and especially through his admiration of ''great man'' like Napoleon - seems downright proto-Nietzschean. However, by the end the murderous 'former student' is humbled by the suffering he causes and sees and, like Dostoyevsky himself, after being exiled to Siberia gradually grows more Christian-like. For Nietzsche to fully understand this transformation on a visceral level may have been profoundly disorienting and even traumatic, as that would have suddenly placed the world into a completely different perspective than the one he focused on (or focused himself Into) for much of his life.

  • Gremblo Bremblo

    I feel like Nietzsche's father was a pretty bad preacher.

  • RadioactiveSomebody

    More than half a year ago, I stumbled upon these videos and loved them.And now, our philosophy teacher is presenting some of them to us.Now I love it even more! ^_^

  • Xelaju2013

    If Christianity is a convenient path for cowards how does one account for the heroic faith of Christians demonstrated throughout history from the first century right up to today -where more Christians are persecuted around the world than all the centuries combined. in Islamic, Hindu and Communist nations...we are hunted down, tortured to renounce Christ and refusing, killed. Christ, our founder, demonstrated true heroic path in His life and death, and requires the same of his followers.

  • Lets play

    How can one mention Nietsche and not mention Nihilism?

  • G.H.ChristoFascist

    Christianity doesn't teach to be ashamed of envy. It teaches us to accept it since we know that we are not perfect, and repent for our sins.

  • Aya ted

    I really wish there were moore videos about Nietzsche .. he's such a great man with profound ideas

  • Eagle

    I think he and I would've gotten along just fine.

  • Stephen Kirby

    Nietzsche said god is dead. Well, he was incorrect. The human conceptualization of a god was never alive in the first place, except for between the ears of ‘believers’. That there is one individual on the face of the globe who knows that god is only a human conceptualization intended to assist people with their ignorant fears, means that a god, or gods, is or are not extant in reality. Capische?Stupidly not-thinking people, the world over, continue to operate as if there just might be one. These people would be better served by ‘believing’ in the FSM.

  • MAKZ

    Thank you for saying things in german correctly, I totally appreciate it. And great video too!

  • Jims

    His own life served as the ultimate proof of his beliefs, sadly ironic...

  • MrNuggly

    Am I the only one who recognized how school of life absolutely butchered Nietzsche? He made him seem like a hedonist.

  • Samuel Clemens

    Pretty sure that the German pronunciation of his name would be something more like, "Neeshya" in English.

  • stochastic24

    Self-overcoming was never attributed to Übermensch. It would be closer to say Self-overcoming is the process of becoming Übermensch. Mankind is a bridge.

  • Neferi Waenre

    Humanities died a long time ago in India, where sadly, i live. Engineering and money is everything and culture is dying rapidly.

  • Jansen hunt

    I find it easy to relate to his ideals of religion, but I find it impossible to take life advice from a man that crumpled under the weight of his own being. The human being that truly has the answers to how we are to handle what we're dealt would be able to handle what they're dealt.

  • Miles Edgeworth.Copy

    I love your voice and your German pronounciation; it's really not bad and that's coming from a German person :)

  • Max Mustermann

    It's pronounced like knee and che , not cha 😅

  • Ahura Mazda

    i've always asked the question why we search for meaning for life?? is that sort of weakness from inglorious evolution when we evolved in our dna? why we can just let nature running its course ?

  • fire fox

    "Übermensch" is the counterpart to the nazi-term "Untermensch"And the real coward in the bible is Pilatus because he refuses to let jesus go while he knows that hes innocent and instead chooses to back down in front of the mob and RUNAWAY FROM HIS PROBLEMS.

  • Buah Cempedak

    Happy birthday Knee-Cha!

  • Grimy Reaper

    did no one else think 2:47 was funny "nuh uh god"

  • Vaisakh Somanath

    The School of Life - you guys are doing amazing job by putting these videos up for people like me. Thank you :)

  • David Murray

    How come you didn't mention nihlism

  • Acro

    Wow, almost 1.500 000 views! I remember when this video had 300 000...Its great to see that people are looking up great people from history!

  • Rishabh Srivastava

    Love your videos, Love the Knowledge that i get by just the videos ... Thanks School Of life.

  • Yaakov Eban

    'his own life taught him as much'. Nietzsche's mental breakdown was precipitated by his inability to live up to his own philosophy.

  • Tyler Jordan

    Will there be a church of Nietzsche ; before you think that absurd think of Buddha he was mostly just a philosopher.

  • Jovana Vasic

    Actually it's pronounced "nee-cheh"

  • Gregory Delacruz

    Where is he's credibility? The guy couldnt handle rejection, Died alone, and didnt even drink alcohol. Cant be a man somuch for a Ubermensch

  • Frankie Lerma

    He sure had an interesting way of showing the things you talked about. I don't remember him making a distinction between Christians being "the herd", and everyone else. He doesn't come off, at least to me, the way you described him. I've tried to see him the way you and others see him as, but haven't succeeded.

  • Dalibor Novakovic

    Its NeetshE not NeetshA, his name is german not english

  • antonio terry

    This is man is so relevant.

  • D Lee

    I appreciated your videos, as they are an interesting, though generalized, view of many philosophers, and are a great place for new comers to start exploring from. But feel I should mention your biased opinions do you no favours in expounding the meaning behind any philosophy or life. As I hope you can see, having by now made not a few videos on not a few distinctive philosophers' philosophies, life and her meaning are, at best, notional and ambiguous. And, the idea that we have somehow progressed from notional to actual, to a place where we can expound certain ideas and cull others seems generous to your point. Anyway, it would be great to see a video that juxtaposes this one. Particularly, when it comes to societal perspectives on pain.

  • Alanda Theriault

    Is it just me, or is the advertising for the SoL videos oddly paired with the aim of the organization? A tour of some rich dude's house attempting to be philosophical whilst peddling pseudo-philosophical ideas geared towards a "get rich quick" scheme is rather disingenuous. Apparently "finding your life's purpose" is no more than making some big money?

  • Flavio Spadavecchia

    With "God is dead", he wasn't just talking about religion. He meant every value that was previously important, everything that mattered, culture included. He wanted to destroy everything and give it a clean slay. You should have mentioned it, he also didn't like any substitutes for God, that includes art, science etc.

  • Trinity Fusion

    Atheist do have morals, and think philosophically, they just don't need a book or imaginary beings to get their principles.Where do we get our morality? From the constant development of our culture. From the evolution of laws and guidelines that help us create a peaceful and prosperous society. We are who create our morality and we pass it down to our children and grandchildren. That is why Muslim people can live prosperously in the US along side Baptists, Mormons, Hindus and Atheists. We have a morality that supersedes all religions and is beholden to none.

  • Yung Sida

    I really think that your videos are pretty good, but this one about Nietzsche is not what I expected. Point 1 and 3 are not key parts of Nietzsche's work, and point 2 can be determinanted in a more accurate way. Nevertheless I have to thank you for all your contribution, good job.

  • chicanochrist

    Nietzsche got me through High School. “The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.” He also made me strive to be a better person. I love Nietzsche.

  • Yumi

    I don't think I am enlightened or wise enough to understand everything or debate what Nietzsche said, but I agree on so many ideas he introduced. He's so wise, and I love that he focused on topics that helped (and help us now) in daily life and that existential crisis. I've never liked philosophy because my teachers taught it in the most horrible way. So thank you Nietzsche, thank you school of life for this explanation ♥

  • 407 Proxy Authentication Required

    Nietzche is by far my favourite philosopher

  • Deja Spriggs

    I love Nietzsche! He is so brilliant and I wish I could learn directly from him!

  • SpookDogg

    I feel bad for Nietzsche i wanna go back in time and give him a hug

  • Zoe Lyons

    Omg, Nietzsche was a socially awkward dude blogging about sheeple from his mother's garage.

  • Trust YouMe

    I enjoyed the unnecessary dig in Richard Dawkins at the end! Cuck?

  • Lucas Rodmo

    I don't know why, but some people figured that the Nietzsche philosophy is a sad philosophy, and is the exact opposite to me!

  • mars bender

    This video is kind of thin considering the richness of Freddy's thought. For instance, some discussion of "God is dead. We killed him. We aren't even up to it," could have been discussed more. Nietzsche's special logic / rhetoric used in Zarathustra really needs to be explained to newbies. There are also a lot of misunderstandings thanks to Nietzsche's sister, Wagner and other fanatics that could have been cleared up. These things have to e mentioned.

  • Eugene Sagan

    Max Stirners predecessor.

  • Alexandru Suciu

    Where should a beginner start with Nietzsche?

  • Jacob Castillo

    Great video! Excellent editing, lovable narration and valuable message. 7 minutes well spent. Sub'd

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