Lecture Series

Friedrich Nietzsche: his life, his work, his time

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Presented by Diego Sánchez Meca, Professor of Contemporary Philosophy at the UNED, this series of two lectures will discuss the biographical and intellectual evolution of the complex figure of Friedrich Nietzsche (Röcken, 1844-Weimar, 1900). Nietzsche is undoubtedly one of the philosophers whose personality has attracted the most attention and curiosity, at the same time attraction and fear, sparking a large number of different and contradictory opinions. Professor Sánchez Meca will also pay particular attention to the connections between his life and work, trying to place them in the framework of the most decisive events and developments of his time.

As Diego Sánchez Meca explains, Nietzsche’s thinking is presented as a call to the philosophy of life, of which his new ideas and proposals formed part in the face of the crisis of modernity and nihilism. The progressive rupture of German philosophy, which would develop into confrontation, with several of the intellectual currents and most important personalities of nineteenth-century Germany (Schopenhauer, Wagner, Classical philology…) resulted in him being considered an outsider and removed from public life.

However, the provocative power and originality of Nietzsche’s creation and style, together with the sometimes enigmatic nature of his analyses, have strongly influenced the shaping of the values of the contemporary period and continue to spark debate today, in a wide variety of areas, from aesthetics to politics, including morals, religion, psychology and the theory of science.

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