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Friedrich Nietzsche's Principles and His Attack on Christianity

What are the underlying principles that lead Nietzsche to attack Christianity, pacifism and democracy?

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Christianity, pacifism and democracy have one thing in common: they are based on weak values of a "slave" morality. In order to fully understand this point, it is essential to distinguish between the slave morality inherent in these ideologies and the contrasting "master" morality. In several of his texts, notably The Geneaology of Morals and Beyond Good and Evil, Nietszche establishes the key distinction between these two types of morality and calls for a revaluation of the values that the herd morality espouses.

"Master" or "noble" morality comes from the nobility. It describes as good that which serves to maintain the wealth, power and autonomy of the nobility - perhaps not surprisingly at that! That which is bad is anything ...

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The solution looks at the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, the influential German philosopher from the late 19th century who openly challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. It discusses the underlying principles of the philosopher that led him to challenge the Christian Faith which also led him to be considered as one of the first existentialist modern philosophers.