Continental Philosophy

Friedrich Nietzsche

What did Zarathustra say in Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra?

In Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883–1885) Nietzsche presents the thoughts of his eponymous hero, who is named after the prophet who founded the Persian religion of Zoroastrianism. Zarathustra’s goal, presented in a series of aphorisms, is to prepare for the coming of the Übermensch, or Overman, who will fill the vacuum left by the death of the Christian God and the absence of real human heroes. Human life will be created as artists create their works.


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