“Nietzsche was 1970s post-structuralist, new lost letter to reviled sister reveals”
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In a document set to shake up Nietzsche scholarship perhaps forever, a new letter written by the philosopher to his reviled sister, Elizabeth, dated 1981 has this week surfaced for the first time.
Scholars have long worked with the tricky supposition that the philosopher to whom they attribute the exciting views of an avant garde artist-come-cultural studies professor from gauche Paris circa 1975 was in fact a subject of the German second Reich, entire swathes of whose texts address 19th century issues, and take sides in the debates of the 1870s and 1880s on socialism, liberalism, democracy, universal suffrage, the woman’s movement, and eugenics.
This new letter seems finally able to put recurrent doubts raised by Nietzsche’s late 19th century preoccupations to rest.
They also strike a final blow against scholars who insist on bringing up his troubling history of being cited as inspiration by every European far right thinker since 1900, including several extreme Right leaders including Benito Mussolini, Joseph Goebbels and Alfred Rosenberg.
“We now know all of that shows the shoddy standards of scholars contaminated by slave morality”, said Professeur Enclavie from Universitaire Paris Faux-Pauvre this week (not his real name).
“People unable to feel and declare themselves masters by an act of will, or produce avant garde art have always been envious of Nietzsche,” the professor explained.
“So, out of this ressentiment, they have tried to taint his reputation by asserting that he was a man of his time, who read books of that period, and was interested in shaping 19th century contemporaries, not just liberal postgrad students of the later 20th century and early 21st.”
Le monde problematique asked Professor Enclavie what he thought of the passages in which Nietzsche attacks Bismarck and other contemporary subjects, like the democratization of education in the Second Reich. How do these fit?