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The Ethics of WritingAuthorship and Legacy in Plato and Nietzsche$
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Sean Burke

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748618309

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618309.001.0001

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Friedrich Nietzsche in Auschwitz,1 or the Posthumous Return of the Author

Friedrich Nietzsche in Auschwitz,1 or the Posthumous Return of the Author

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(p.1) Prologue: Friedrich Nietzsche in Auschwitz,1 or the Posthumous Return of the Author
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The Ethics of Writing
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Seán Burke

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618309.003.0001

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

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