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n, pl -menschen (-mɛnʃən)
(Philosophy) (esp in the writings of Nietzsche) the German word for superman
[literally: over-man]
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Noun1.Übermensch - a person with great powers and abilitiesUbermensch - a person with great powers and abilities
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
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More recently, Baldissone has interpreted the poet as a sort of diminished figura Christi ("Re Baldoria" 264), while for Berghaus, who continues his Nietzschean reading of the play, he would represent an intermediate step towards the Ubermensch (Genesis 69).
Debility or madness, Ubermensch or ape: this, apparently, is all we may hope for scientific naturalism.
Riechmann es consciente de que el acceso a la donacion implica una condicion: la eliminacion del exceso, de la inflacion desencadenada por la "hybris" constitutiva del hombre moderno, que tuvo en el mito prometeico y en ciertas interpretaciones del Ubermensch nietzscheano, dos modelos simbolicos privilegiados por la sociedad capitalista.
For instance, Nietzsche's prescriptions for the Ubermensch (or "Overman") seem to jar at times with his values expressed elsewhere in his philosophy.
The free life of the intellect, tends from the very start to a kind of revelation--not the revelation of the Ubermensch or of the omnipotency of man, as the Surrealists believe, but to the humble revelation virtually contained in a small lucid cloud of inescapable intuition, both of the Self of the poet and of some particular flash of reality in the God-made universe (84).
Fittingly given their off-the-charts intelligence, Leopold and Loeb believed themselves Nietzschean Ubermensch supermen, after the teachings of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).
Dostojevski zag in dat met het socialisme en met de leer van de Ubermensch de grote tegenbewegingen tegen de religie in opkomst zijn, tegenbewegingen als belijdenissen van het hier en nu, van de Diesseitigkeit zonder God, die de metafysische behoefte aan vergankelijke waarden verkwisten.
Although Nietschze's Ubermensch thesis and Dionysus myth are nominated as the typical models for Layton's larger-than-life persona, Sade and Byron are, I hold, just as--if not more--germane exemplars.
Here's Nietzsche explaining the Ubermensch to Lois Lane:
In the twisted world of the Objectvist cult, the world is divided into the Ubermensch--those free of conventional morality--and everyone else, considered parasites living off the genius of the Ubermensch.
43) The Ubermensch has no specific form or determination in the work of Nietzsche and ever remains an act of creation, (44) but the image becomes most Nazi-like when it takes on the form of a "blond beast" or "master"--images used throughout his works.
A younger generation today does not see the similarity between Hitler's philosophy of the Ubermensch (superior people) and Untermensch (inferior people) and the claptrap spouted on neo-Nazi websites today.