Dr Martin Ruehl: Greeks, Beasts, Supermen - Nietzche's anti-humanist philhellenism
This is the seventh lecture in the Being Human - Classical Perspectives Lecture Series.
My talk takes its cue from Nietzsche's remark that the human [das Menschliche] displayed by antiquity is not to be confused with the humane [dem Humanen] (Nachlaß: March 1875).
It investigates the origins of this distinction, which is crucial to his later transvaluative project, in Nietzsche's critique of the German philhellenist tradition and his radical re-assessment of the Italian Renaissance. Nietzsche's notion of what it means to be human and what it could mean to be superhuman was deeply conditioned, as this paper will show, by his anti-classicist classical perspective.
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