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    Stephen Hicks - Nietzsche and the Nazis (Preview)


    by mearbhrach

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    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is famous for his statement that "God is dead" and his provocative account of Master and Slave moralities - and for the fact that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis claimed that Nietzsche was one of their great inspirations.

    How did the Nazis succeed in coming to power in a nation as educated and civilized as Germany? What was Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy?

    Hicks begins by delving deeply into the National Socialist philosophy and determines that the Nazi movement was truly a philosophical--rather than a political--movement, with leaders motivated by a strong ideological commitment. He show how they clearly stated their goals from the beginning and pursued those goals when they achieved power.

    Contrary to the common perception that the Nazis somehow tricked the German people into handing them power, through charismatic or other manipulations, Hicks shows how the Nazi philosophy appealed to a large percentage of Germans.