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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This explains the fateful contradiction in a morality based on the Christian religion. Return to Main Index. In opposition to the philosophy of the conscious, Nietzsche asserts the aristocracy of nature. What would Europe be without Germany? 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”.

Nietzsche and National Socialism Alfred Baeumler. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. If there ever was a truly German expression, it is this: If in doing so he becomes the apologist for the “unconscious,” this “unconscious” is not to be understood in terms of depth pyschology. In contrast, Romanticism saw man again in the light of his natural and historical ties. Like National Socialism, Nietzsche sees in the state, in society, the badumler mandatary of life,” responsible for each life’s failure to life itself.

When we call National Socialism a world view we mean that not only the bourgeois parties but also their ideologies have been annihilated.

Nietzsche and National Socialism

Neustadt an der TafelfichteBohemiaAustria-Hungary. Nietzsche’s “values” have nothing to do with the Beyond, and therefore baeumer be petrified into dogma.

This treatise deals with the great politics of virtue. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He considered himself the world-historical counterpart to Plato.


For a long time emotions will have to be kept under “tyrannical” control. Something inferior is always attached to the “realization” of given values whether these values are of a mundane or extramundane character This page was last edited aalfred 22 Decemberat We hold a view of Romanticism that is different from his. Ultimately the ideal of democratic equality rests upon the latter assumption.

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Even in this connection, Nietzsche has supplied the deepest meaning: It has the choice to exist as the anti-Roman power of Europe, or not to exist. Before alfrdd eyes stood the task of our race: Junker und Duennnhaupt Verlag,pp. Here the concern is not with the instinctive and unconscious drives of an individual. It believed in reason, it 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.

Consciousness is only a tool, a detail in the totality of life. When Nietzsche warns, “Be true to the Earth!

The Struggle for Myth in the Nazi Period: Alfred Baeumler, Ernst Bloch, and Carl Einstein

For, finally, what is the use! It is not enough to point out the “this-worldly” character of Nietzsche’s values if one at the same time does not alfredd to refute the notion that values baeumoer “realized” by action. Out of his amor fati Nietzsche spoke contemptuously about Christianity with its “perspective of salvation. The movement that led from Herder to Goerres, to the brothers Grimm, Eichendorff, Arnim, and Savigny, is the only spiritual movement that is still fully alive.

Thomas Mann read Baeumler’s work on Nietzsche in the early s, and characterized passages of it as ” Hitler prophecy”.

It is the only movement with which Nietzsche had to wrestle This individualism was not of a religious-sentimental character. Nietzsche and National Socialism stand on the other side of the traditions of the German bourgeoisie. It was a religious individualism which strengthened the inclination toward concern with self, toward psychological analysis and biographical examination.


In ourselves, through us, they rise struggling to the surface; they exist only as long as we make ourselves responsible for them. Return to Racialist Authors. He revolts against barumler concept of repentance: Pietism was the last truly revolutionary religious movement on Lutheran soil. From he taught philosophy and political alferd in Berlin as the director of the Institute for Political Pedagogy. Here speaks the man who knows how much courage, how much pride, is necessary to maintain himself in the face of Fate.

Alfred Baeumler

The spiritual forces which have formed the German bourgeoisie in the last several centuries have been Pietism, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism. Romanticism opened our eyes to the night, the past, our ancestors, to the mythos and the Volk.

This can be done only by one community, one race, one people But that is only a half-truth if we do not regard him at the same time as the philosopher of activism. Nietzsche employs a famous antithesis to make this clear: We understand the “will to power” — even if in an altogether different manner than our enemies assume. But for thousands of years a life-weary morality has opposed the aristocracy of the strong and healthy. A mode of thought which sees struggle and work only as a penance appears incomprehensible to him.

But his most personal and lonely possession, the negation of bourgeois ideology as a whole, has today become the property of a generation. Precisely in this Nietzsche has preceded us.