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Nietzsche and Schmitt

Here are some quotations from our Nietzsche readings that may be useful in thinking about a possible philosophical relationship between him and Schmitt:

The Gay Science

“The madman jumped into their midst and pierced them with his eyes. “Whither is God?” he cried. “I will tell you. We have killed him–you and I! All of us are his murderers!”

Beyond Good and Evil

Genuine philosophers, however, are commanders and legislators: they say, “thus it shall be!” They first determine the Whither and For What of man, and in so doing have at their disposal the preliminary labor of all philosophical laborers, all who have overcome the past. With a creative hand they reach for the future, and all that is and has been becomes a means for them, an instrument, a hammer. Their “knowing” is creating, their creating is a legislation, their will to truth is–will to power.”

“the democratization of Europe is at the same time an involuntary arrangement for the cultivation of tyrants–taking that word in every sense, including the most spiritual.”