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    How does Nietzsche envisage the advancement of humans?

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    Using Plato's (The Republic) and Nietzsche (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)

    Why does Nietzsche believe that the Ubermensch (overman) will be a more advanced human being?

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    In the Prologue of Zarathustra, one could get the impression that the concept of the overman is Darwinian. But in Ecce Homo Nietzsche says that only a "scholarly oxen" could have construed the overman Darwinistically. (See Ecce Homo, "Why I write such good books", #1, towards the end). However, Darwin did influence the concept of the overman. In Prologue #3, he says, "You have made your way from worm to man, and much in you is still worm. Once you were apes, and even now, too, man is more ape than any ape." Earlier, he has said that "All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood and even go back to the beasts ...

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    This post discusses what Nietzsche means by the Overman (Ubermensch)and he thinks the overman will be a more advanced human being.

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