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Friedrich Nietzsche in Auschwitz,<sup>1</sup> or the Posthumous Return of the Author

Seán Burke

in The Ethics of Writing

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780748618309
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652075 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618309.003.0001
Friedrich Nietzsche in Auschwitz,1 or the Posthumous Return of the Author

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Professor Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche's story ends as the narration begins. It is believed that Nietzsche is an unfortunate gambler in the lottery which Bernard Williams called ‘moral luck’. Driven by ill health, and suspecting that the time left to him was short, the cynic would see this ‘Nietzsche’ as making a last throw of the dice in his titanic struggle for recognition. A central doctrine of Nietzsche's philosophy is that one must love one's fate, even to the extent of willing it to return eternally. He knows Dr Josef Mengele. Neither man has ever addressed the other by their baptismal names. Two legends compete as to the final moments of his destiny, the close of his day.

Keywords: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Bernard Williams; Dr Josef Mengele; moral luck; philosophy

Chapter.  8294 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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