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  1. BrianMDelaney

    Nietzsche

    Dean, I'm impressed at how well you grasp Nietzsche's thought! We can discuss Nietzsche at length at the conference. Briefly for now: Nietzsche would have scoffed at all manner of life-extension, including CR. But, as you note, he was an ascetic himself, in many ways, but that was largely because of his numerous serious health problems. When he went out to eat, he would study the menu carefully, making sure to order only those things that agreed with his delicate constitution. From the outside, of course, he might have looked like a CR practitioner! By the way, if you read German, an amazing, gripping, philosophically rich biography is Janz's three-volume work. I see it's also been translated into a few languages, though not yet English. - Brian P.S. FAQ: Q: But wasn't Nietzsche some kind of Jew-hating proto-Nazi?? A: Nope. On the contrary, Nietzsche was strongly opposed to anti-Semitism. To contend that Nietzsche was a proto-Nazi, is, in fact, to sympathize with Naziism itself, in a sense: it is to agree with Hitler's hack scholars (and Nietzsche's own, stupid, anti-Semitic sister, who burned the parts of Nietzsche's correspondence that contained Nietzsche's criticisms of anti-Semitism) who twisted Nietzsche's words to make him seem like a philosopher who would have agreed with Hitler's mission. In Nietzsche's very early years, there are some claims consistent with anti-Semitism, but they seem to be mostly an attempt to impress Wagner. Later, any critical claims about Jews are virtually always made in connection with the history of Christianity, to which Nietzsche was much more seriously opposed. (This is why, towards the end of his productive career, he wrote a book called The Anti-Christian (Der Antichrist), not The Anti-Jew.
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