We shall be talking quite a bit about the philosophy of Nietzsche. After having read all about his life, I would just love to hang out with him! He sounds like he was such an intense yet gentle soul, a patron of the arts and a lover of nature! Don't make me go back to his time though. They didn't have penicillin.
There seems to be a great deal of interest in discussing Nietzsche himself. However, there is little we can say simply by reading the texts. However any biographical information grants us insight into:
Why he uses the language he uses.
What sort of educational background he had.
Influential people in his life.
His favorite places.
His typical behavior.
This kind of information in turn gives us insight into the writing we shall be studying.
Many in our class have been wondering about the author/writer distinction. All we have access to is more information to alter our picture.
I mainly want this thread to be a place to post biographical information gathered outside the context of our course work. You might also consider talking about how the information you have learned about Nietzsche influences your study in this class. This will probably be a small thread, but I think it is worth having.
Let us try to minimize speculation based on his writing. We recall the writing is merely an expression of the writer. But I will say as a side note that Nietzsche, more than most any author I have read, seemed to pour his whole being into his work. Or perhaps he just had a great big, powerful artistic soul!
[Lightly edited to enhance readability -TT]