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 (nē′chə, -chē), Friedrich Wilhelm 1844-1900.
German philosopher who argued that Christianity's emphasis on the afterlife makes its believers less able to cope with earthly life. He suggested that the ideal human, the Übermensch, would be able to channel passions creatively instead of suppressing them. His written works include Beyond Good and Evil (1886) and Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883-1892).

Nie′tzsche·an adj. & n.


[ˈniːtʃɪən] adjnietzschiano/a
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Rejected by the middle class, which he loathed, he had shot up at once into the highest circles by his wit, his dustmanship (which he carried like a banner), and his Nietzschean transcendence of good and evil.
He could never cross it and explain to them his position, - the Nietzschean position, in regard to socialism.
As he watched her go, the Nietzschean edifice seemed to shake and totter.
The man with overflowing strength, both of mind and body, who must discharge this strength or perish, is the Nietzschean ideal.
a comparative analysis of the fairness (1) versus efficiency (2) versus equality (3) versus simplicity (4) of various proposed tax laws) is effectively a dead-letter in Nietzschean terms.
Through various techniques including the poetic fusion of human and nonhuman, emulation of the rhythms of life in the sonic materiality of poetic rendering, and the adaptation of a Nietzschean critical spirit, Hagiwara presents poetic bodies melding human and nonhuman elements.
In her final chapter, where she engages with virtue ethics, she takes up and significantly develops Christine Swanton's Nietzschean conception of virtue ethics.
Employing an aphoristic, almost Nietzschean, style of prose, Charlton issues a jeremiad against "political correctness," which he identifies as a product of the left (whether socialists, communists, liberals, etc.
With Nietzschean hubris, LoveStar writes: "The man is not responsible because he does not own the idea.
We learn inexplicably that Strindberg "may have been the first Nietzschean dramatist detailing the tragic plight of commonplace characters" (99) (Moss never mentions Ibsen for some unknown reason), but, in other respects, these later examples are forced into the same schematic, interpretative straitjacket as the rest of the book:
The notion that he was some cool, Nietzschean existentialist in control of his own destiny was demolished.
I was so shocked, I almost dropped the phone, which would have prompted a depression of Nietzschean proportions.