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Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm

Born: 1844 AD
Died: 1900 AD, at 55 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Philosopher


1844 - Born on the 15th of October.

1854 - He began to attend the Domgymnasium in Naumburg.

1864 - Nietzsche commenced studies in theology and classical philology at the University of Bonn.

1865 - Nietzsche became acquainted with the work of Arthur Schopenhauer.

1866 - He read Friedrich Albert Lange's Geschichte des Materialismus.

1867 - Nietzsche signed up for one year of voluntary service with the Prussian artillery division in Naumburg.

1870-1871 - He served on the Prussian side during the Franco-Prussian War.

1872 - Nietzsche published his first book, The Birth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Music.

1873-1876 - Nietzsche published separately four long essays: David Strauss: the Confessor and the Writer, On the Use and Abuse of History for Life, Schopenhauer as Educator, and Richard Wagner in Bayreuth.

1882 - Nietzsche published the first part of The Gay Science.

1885 - He printed only 40 copies of the fourth part of Zarathustra, and distributed only a fraction of these among close friends, including Helene von Druskowitz.

1886 - Nietzsche broke with his editor, Ernst Schmeitzner, disgusted over his anti-Semitic opinions.

1887 - Nietzsche quickly wrote the polemic On the Genealogy of Morality.

1889 - On the 3rd of January, Nietzsche exhibited signs of a serious mental illness.

1900 - On the 25th of August, Nietzsche died after contracting pneumonia.


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