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Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900) was a philosopher and philogist from Germany. He wrote mainly critical works that attacked the prevailing religious, cultural and philosophical views of his time.

Nietzsche’s work has contributed greatly to the development of existentialism and so-called continental philosophy.

Many of Nietzsche's family members were in the clergy and it was assumed that Friedrich himself would become a minister. Though as a child, Friedrich Nietzsche followed in the religious footsteps of his family, he grew older and found new forms of philosophy which soon preoccupied him. He began to criticize Christianity and develop his own ideas.

In 1889, Nietzsche began to develop mental illness that would leave him under his family's care for the rest of his life.

Nietzsche is well known for one particular declaration, “God is Dead”, which appears a number of times in his work.

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Name: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Born: October 15, 1844, Prussia
Died: August 25, 1900, Germany