Study of the Thought of Friedrich Nietzsche : with Reference to the Critical Study by Walter Kaufmann : Supplementary Sections Considering the Approaches of Erich Fromm and Reinhold Niebuhr

Mary Virginia Camp, Colby College


My paper is greatly indebted to the study of Nietzche by Walter Kaufmann in Nietzche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist. The discussion of the will to power is based on Kaufmann's analysis. The starting point of Nietzche's philosophy is that man is in no position to pass judgement on the value of existence. Constituted as we are, there is no way for us to see life except through the eyes of our own lives; so that whatever verdicts we choose to deliver on the value of existence will apply to none but our own individual lives. As it follows that each man will view existence according to his own state of being, so one of the cardinal principles of Nietzsche's philosophy is emphasis upon the differences between men.