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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The development of moral values is the work of unmoral passions and considerations.

It is our greatest hope that the state today is wide open to our youth. The Nordic melody of strife and labor sounds strong and clear here. The accent with which we pronounce these words today we heard from Nietzsche for the first time. The wholly different individualism of the Enlightenment also worked in this direction. From Alfrec, the free encyclopedia.

He revolts against the concept of repentance: The herd instinct is basically altogether different from the instinct of an “aristocratic society,” composed of strong, natural men who do not permit their basic instincts to languish in bawumler of a mediocre average — men who know how to curb and control their passions instead of weakening beumler negating them.

Retrieved from ” https: The spiritual forces which have formed the German bourgeoisie in the last several centuries have been Pietism, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism. From he taught philosophy and political education in Berlin as the director of the Institute for Political Pedagogy.

But that is only a half-truth if we do not regard him at the same time as the philosopher of activism. 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 alfrec values are “realized” by action. Even in this connection, Nietzsche has supplied the deepest meaning: Views Read Edit View history. When we call National Socialism a world view we mean that not only baeujler bourgeois parties but also their ideologies have been annihilated.


He considered himself the world-historical counterpart to Plato. But for thousands baeimler years a life-weary morality has opposed the aristocracy of the strong and healthy.

This explains the fateful contradiction in a morality based on the Christian religion. 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. No deed can be undone by repentance. We hold a view of Romanticism that is different from his.

This can be done only by one community, one race, one people We Germans know what it means to maintain ourselves against all opposition. Romanticism opened our eyes to the night, the past, our ancestors, to the mythos and the Volk.

Every apolitical state-alien tendency necessarily had to find support and nourishment in Pietistic Germany. Something inferior is always attached to the “realization” of given alffed whether these values are of a mundane or extramundane character But his most personal and lonely possession, the negation of bourgeois ideology as a whole, has today become the property of a generation.

Like National Socialism, Nietzsche sees in the state, in society, the “great mandatary of life,” responsible for each life’s failure to life itself.


Pietism was the last truly revolutionary religious movement on Lutheran soil. We call Nietzsche the philosopher of heroism.

It takes unexcelled boldness to base a state upon the race. It believed in reason, it was rational, but it was “political” only in that it denied the feudal system; akfred was unable to erect an enduring political system of its own and was capable only of breaking the path for the economic system of capitalism.

Alfred Baeumler

In a word, we have discovered new possibilities for understanding the essence of German existence. Nietzsche’s “values” have nothing to do with the Beyond, and therefore cannot be petrified into dogma. His critique of religion is a criticism of the priest, and arises from the point of view of the warrior, since Nietzsche demonstrates that even the origin of religion lies in the realm of power. 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.

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Nietzsche and National Socialism

In the face of the overpowering strength of the race, what happens to the individual? A mode of thought which sees struggle and work only as a penance appears incomprehensible to him. This treatise deals with the great politics of virtue.