Third Reich: Alfred Baeumler’s ‘Heroic. Realism’. The nazis, it has long been held , were not interested in ideas.1 Arendt’s influ- ential thesis of the ‘banality of. Using the prominent National Socialist philosopher Alfred Baeumler as a prism, this article is an attempt to shed a more nuanced light on the Nietzsche/National. From Alfred Baeumler, Studien zur deutschen Geistesgeschichte (Berlin: Junker und Duennnhaupt Verlag, ), pp. ,

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No deed baeumlr be undone by repentance. The wholly different individualism of the Enlightenment also worked in this direction. Neustadt an der TafelfichteBohemiaAustria-Hungary. Nietzsche’s Nordic and soldierly valuation opposes that of the Mediterranean world and that of the priests.

Romanticism opened our eyes to the night, the past, our ancestors, to the mythos and the Volk. Return to Main Index.

In opposition to the philosophy of the conscious, Nietzsche asserts the aristocracy of nature. The Nordic melody of strife and labor sounds strong and clear here. This individualism was not of a religious-sentimental character.

The spiritual forces which have formed the German bourgeoisie in the last several centuries have been Pietism, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism. From he taught philosophy and political education in Berlin as the director of the Institute for Political Pedagogy. Consciousness is only a tool, a detail in the totality of life.

Rather, “unconscious” here means “perfect” and baeujler. It led men from a hopeless political reality back into their own selves and gathered them together in small private circles.

Alfred Baeumler

Rather, we mean that we have entered into a new relationship with our past, that our view has been cleared for what was truly forceful in this past but which had been clouded by bourgeois ideology.

Like National Socialism, Nietzsche sees in the state, in society, the baeumlwr mandatary of life,” responsible for each life’s failure to life itself. For, finally, what is the use! Every apolitical state-alien tendency necessarily had to find support and nourishment in Pietistic Germany.


Nietzsche and National Socialism

Only ill-willed persons could maintain that everything that has been created by the past must now be negated. In the face of the overpowering strength of the race, what happens to the individual?

He can understand man only as a warrior against Fate.

But that is only a half-truth if we do not regard him at the same time as the philosopher of activism. Man was viewed as a wholly individual entity, cut off from all original orders and relations, a fictitious person responsible only baeulmer himself.

Alfred Baeumler – Wikipedia

It is this order which Nietzsche undertook to establish in opposition to the existing one. Here the concern is not with the instinctive and unconscious drives of an individual. But for thousands of years a life-weary morality has opposed the baemuler of the strong and healthy.

Pietism was the last truly revolutionary religious movement on Lutheran soil. It is our greatest hope that the state today is wide open to our youth. And if today we shout “Heil Hitler!

Before his eyes stood the task of our race: Rather, an extreme pride is in order here. He revolts against the concept of repentance: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved from ” https: Nietzsche’s “values” have nothing to do with the Beyond, and therefore cannot be petrified into dogma. If in doing so he becomes the apologist for the “unconscious,” this “unconscious” is not to be understood in terms qlfred depth pyschology. This again must not be understood from an individualistic point of view.

He considered himself the world-historical counterpart to Plato. Something inferior is always attached to the “realization” of given values whether these values are of a mundane or extramundane character Naeumler treatise deals with the great politics of virtue. It has the choice to exist as the anti-Roman power of Baeumelr, or not to exist. Even in this connection, Nietzsche has supplied the deepest meaning: It believed in reason, alfre was rational, but it was “political” only in that it denied the feudal system; it was unable to erect an enduring political system of its own and was capable only of breaking the path for the economic system of capitalism.


We Germans know what it means to maintain ourselves against all opposition.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Nietzsche aofred National Socialism stand on the other side of the traditions of the German bourgeoisie. The accompanying faith will come by itself — of that you can be certain. This explains the fateful contradiction in a morality based on the Christian religion.

It is the only beaumler with which Nietzsche had to wrestle In contrast, Romanticism saw man again in the light of his natural and historical ties. Out of his amor fati Nietzsche spoke contemptuously about Christianity with its “perspective of salvation.

His books were published in Italy in the late s by the Edizioni di Ara far-right publishing house. The herd instinct is basically altogether different from the instinct of an “aristocratic society,” composed of strong, natural men who vaeumler not permit their basic instincts to languish in favor of a mediocre average — men who know how to curb and control their passions instead of weakening or negating them.

He wanted to hear nothing of the state as a moral organism in Hegel ‘s sense, he also wanted to hear nothing of Bismarck ‘s Christian Lesser Germany “Kleindeutschland”. In a word, we have discovered new possibilities for understanding the essence of German existence.