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date: 24 February 2020

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This article analyses Nietzsche’s commitment to the sublime. Focusing on his early writings, it demonstrates how the sublime informs both Nietzsche’s conception of philosophy and his ideas for cultural revitalization. His appreciation of the sublime is embedded in four contexts and problems: his exploration of what philosophy is in its beginnings; his attack on D. F. Strauss and cultural philistinism; his conception of culture as transfigured physis; and the critique of the science of history. Nietzsche is committed to the sublime because it captures how humans transcend certain limits.

Keywords: Friedrich Nietzsche, sublime, philosophy, D. F. Strauss, cultural philistinism, cultural revitalization, science of history

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