Zarathustra

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1. WHO WAS ZARATHUSTRA? 

Zarathushtra was an ancient Iranian spiritual leader who founded what is now known as Zoroastrianism; the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche used Zarathustra as the protagonist of his most famous work.

Zarthustra’s teachings challenged the existing traditions of the Indo-Iranian religion and inaugurated a movement that eventually became the dominant religion in Ancient Persia. His teaching divided the cosmos into a cosmic struggle of Good, represented by Ahura Mazda, and Evil, represented by Angra Mainyu.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None is a philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts written between 1883 and 1885 and published between 1883 and 1891. Zarathustra is the main protagonist and much of the work deals with ideas such as the “eternal recurrence of the same”, the parable on the “death of God”, and the “prophecy” of the Übermensch, which were first introduced in The Gay Science.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra was conceived while Nietzsche was writing The Gay Science; he made a small note, reading “6,000 feet beyond man and time”, as evidence of this. More specifically, this note related to the concept of the eternal recurrence, which is, by Nietzsche’s admission, the central idea of Zarathustra; this idea occurred to him by a “pyramidal block of stone” on the shores of Lake Silvaplana in the Upper Engadine, a high alpine region whose valley floor is at 6,000 feet (1,800 m).

Nietzsche commented in Ecce Homo “In my lifework my Zarathustra holds a place apart. With it I gave my mankind the greatest gift it has yet been given. This book, the voice of which speaks out across the ages is not only the most exalted book on earth — literally the book of mountain air—the whole phenomenon mankind lies at an incalculable distance beneath it—but it is also the profoundest book born of the inmost abundance of truth; an inexhaustible well into which no vessel can be lowered without coming up again laden with gold and with goodness. It is not a “prophet” who speaks here, one of those gruesome hybrids of sickness and Will to Power whom men call founders of religions.”

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2. WHAT IS THE ESSENTIAL DIALECTIC OF NIETZSCHE’S ZARATHUSTRA?

The Essential Dialectic of Nietzsche’s Zarathustra is:

{Will-to-Power ⇆ Eternal-Return ⇅ Transvaluation-of-Values} ↻ Ubermensch

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3. WHAT IS THE IMAGINARY DIALECTIC OF NIETZSCHE’S ZARATHUSTRA?

The Imaginary Dialectic of Nietzsche’s Zarathustra is:

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4. WHAT IS THE COMPLETE DIALECTIC OF NIETZSCHE’S ZARATHUSTRA?

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