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TSZ 1.1: The 3 Metamorphoses of Spirit

Updated: Jan 18

Having gained his first new insight since returning to mankind, Zarathustra begins his true or official speeches with a speech about the kinds of spirit required in order to be or become Zarathustra’s brother or disciple. I discuss the important Platonic parallels, the relationships to temporality and history, as well as how they represent deviations from Zarathustra’s initial political project of the Overman. Zarathustra has now become an insurgent, and this first speech subtly contains what Zarathustra’s insurgency will require not simply for those who would become his brother or disciple but also and especially the kind of rhetoric required of Zarathustra himself in order to successfully complete his insurgency.

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