Gaetano Rametta

A Nietzschean Asceticism. The Case of Kazantzakis

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Our study analyzes the interpretation of Nietzsche proposed by Nikos Kazantzakis, maybe the most important Greek novelist of the 20th century. Basically, it concentrates on two works. The first is Kazantzakis' doctoral dissertation on Nietzsche's political thinking, which was first published in 1909. The second is the most important philosophical work of our author, entitled "Askitiki. Salvatores Dei" (First edition 1927). The aim of the essay is to show that Kazantzakis' idea of a «new Asceticism» allows for an original reading of Nietzsche's thinking and represents an important philosophical contribution on its own.


  • Nietzsche
  • Politics
  • Kazantzakis
  • Ethics
  • Asceticism


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