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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In contrast, Romanticism saw man again in the light of his natural and historical ties.

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

He revolts against the concept of repentance: Rather, “unconscious” here means “perfect” and “able. This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat He can understand man only as a warrior against Fate. When Nietzsche warns, “Be true to the Earth! It is not enough to point out the “this-worldly” character of Nietzsche’s values if one at the same time does not want to refute the notion that values are “realized” by action.

He returns — as a single member in a community. This can be done only by one community, one race, one people The accompanying faith will come by itself — of that you can be certain. What does that mean?


No deed can be undone by repentance. We Germans know what it means to maintain ourselves against all opposition. Before his eyes stood the task of our race: Return to Main Index.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In ourselves, through us, they rise struggling to the surface; they exist only as long as we make ourselves responsible for them. This treatise deals with the great politics of virtue.

Ultimately the ideal of democratic equality rests upon the latter assumption. It was a religious individualism which strengthened the inclination toward concern with self, toward psychological analysis baeumlet biographical examination. It is this order which Nietzsche undertook to establish in opposition to the existing one. He considered himself the world-historical counterpart to Plato.

A new order of things is the natural consequence. A theory of the state is not to be found in Nietzsche’s work — but this work has opened all paths towards a new theory of the state.

Nietzsche and National Socialism Alfred Baeumler. For, finally, what is the use! Here baeumle the man who knows how much courage, how much pride, is necessary to maintain himself in the face of Fate.

Alfred Baeumler

But for thousands of years a life-weary morality has opposed the aristocracy of the strong and healthy. The former slfred the foundations of a new policy. Like National Socialism, Nietzsche sees in the state, in society, the “great mandatary of life,” responsible for each life’s failure to life itself.


Nietzsche employs a famous antithesis to make this clear: This individualism was not of a religious-sentimental character. But his most personal and lonely possession, the negation of bourgeois ideology as a whole, has today become the property of a generation.

Pietism was the last truly revolutionary religious movement on Lutheran soil. Here the concern is alfreed with the instinctive and unconscious drives of an individual. A mode of thought which sees struggle and work only as a penance appears incomprehensible to him. It led men from a hopeless political reality back into their own selves and gathered them together in small private circles.

In a word, we have discovered new possibilities for aofred the essence of German existence. The accent baeumlre which we pronounce these words today we heard from Nietzsche for the first time.

Only ill-willed persons could maintain that everything that has been created by the aflred must now be negated. For a long time emotions will have to be kept under “tyrannical” control.

Man was viewed as a wholly individual entity, cut off from all original orders and relations, a fictitious person responsible only to himself.