Nietzsche’s Ecce homo, Notebooks and Letters: 1888-1889

Translation by Daniel Fidel Ferrer

Nietzsche’s Ecce homo, Notebooks and Letters: 1888-1889 / Translation by Daniel Fidel Ferrer (2023).

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Ecce homo: How One Becomes What One Is (Ecce homo: Wie man wird, was man ist).

Who should read Nietzsche?

You can disagree with everything Nietzsche wrote and re-read Nietzsche to sharpen your attack. Philosophy. Not for use without adult supervision (required). Philosophy is a designated area for adults only. Read at your own risk. You have the pleasure of reading and of course disagree with all philosophy. Warning philosophical ideas are present. Reading Nietzsche does not mean you will gain anything, in fact, you might lose your previous ideas.

Nietzsche does not call this book an autobiography (he has written many short autobiographical sketches before); but rather, uses the expression “I tell myself my life”.

Nietzsche was the past philosopher who wrote about our future, “The time is coming when the struggle for the domination of the earth will be waged – it will be waged in the name of basic philosophical doctrines.” KGWB/NF-1881, 11[273]. The world has seen plenty of wars and death, since 1881. The process of the domination of the earth and world is still on-going.

What is Nietzsche’s overall project with Ecce homo?

Main Leitmotifs in Ecce homo.

Christianity as the denial of the will to life, revaluation of all values (Umwerthung aller Werthe), Amor fati, Dionysus as a god and his philosophy (future project for Nietzsche), overthrowing idols, two worlds (“true world” finally became a fable) against Plato eternal world and forms, eternal recurrence or the eternal return of the same (Nietzsche heaviest thought, also his most abysmal thought “abgründlichsten Gedanken”), opposite and counterpart to type of person decadent (décadent), “I count the overcoming of pity among the noble virtues”, against the concept of God (Christian), overman or superman (Übermensch), Will to Power (Wille zur Macht), great politics, immoralist, morality of the Christian church, and Declaration of war (“Kriegserklärung”).

Table of Contents
Motto [page 3].

Epigraph [pages 4-6].

Preface to the Translation of Ecce homo [pages 7-16]

Major Leitmotifs in Nietzsche [pages 17-24].

Translations from Nietzsche’s German to English include.

1). Ecce homo: How One Becomes What One Is (Ecce homo: Wie man wird, was man ist. [pages 25-113].

2). This poem was included in the first publications of Ecce homo (1908).
Glory and Eternity (Ruhm und Ewigkeit). [pages 114-124].

3). These are all of Nietzsche’s last notebooks (complete) they are numbered 21, 22, 23, and 24. There are a total of 82 notes. Final notes by Nietzsche from the Nachlass (Nachlaß). Sometime in German called the Notizheft. Nietzsche’s notebooks that include some drafts for Ecce homo and other topics he was thinking during his last writings. Dating from October 1888 until early Janurary 1889. [pages 125-191].

4). Nietzsche’s Letters Regarding Ecce homo. Nietzsche’s letters starting at the end of October 1888 discussing Ecce homo. These are not always the complete letters but include all of the passages of Nietzsche discussing Ecce homo. Complete translation of the last letter Nietzsche wrote. Dated until BVN-1889. #1256. Letter to Jacob Burckhardt in Basel. Turin, about 6 January 1889. [pages 192-223].

Bibliographies [pages 224-254].

Nietzsche’s Philosophy Final Thoughts [pages 255-259].

Enjoy reading Nietzsche’s last book !

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