Nietzsche's Illness

Charlie Huenemann

Utah State University

August 2, 2008

This essay recounts recent psychiatric literature about the probable causes of Nietzsche's collapse, endorsing the conclusion that it was not syphilis. The essay then explores the role of madness in Nietzsche's philosophy, and also explores to what extent some sort of madness - whether psychological or philosophical - influenced his later philosophy.

Keywords: Nietzsche, syphilis, insanity, madness, rausch

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Date posted: August 6, 2008 ; Last revised: October 20, 2009

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Huenemann, Charlie, Nietzsche's Illness (August 2, 2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1197382

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Charlie Huenemann (Contact Author)
Utah State University ( email )
Logan, UT 84322
United States
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