Posted: 6 Aug 2008 Last revised: 20 Oct 2009
Date Written: 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
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Huenemann, Charlie, Nietzsche's Illness (August 2, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1197382