The Prayers and Tears of Friedrich Nietzsche*

Bruce Ellis Benson

in The Phenomenology of Prayer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780823224951
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235797 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Prayers and Tears of Friedrich Nietzsche*

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This chapter reveals that while philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche hardly seems an advocate of prayer in the traditional sense, his early prayers as a youth prove structurally paradigmatic for his later thought. It analyzes Nietzsche's development as learning a new way to pray and suggests that Nietzsche has been a religious person throughout his life. This chapter explains that his early pietism can be found in what Nietzsche comes to call his Dionysian faith, a faith in which the trust he once had in God is now placed in Life.

Keywords: Nietzsche; prayer; pietism; Dionysian faith; God; religious person

Chapter.  6077 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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