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TSZ Prologue 8-10: The New Insight, New Beginning, and Human Types

Updated: Jan 18

Here we see the extent to which Nietzsche's TSZ can be seen as belonging to the rare great books of the Western world in which education is thematic. Not only do we see Zarathustra teaching others, but even more importantly we see Zarathustra himself learning along the way. Immediately upon the initial failure of his first speech, Zarathustra gains a fundamental insight into what will be required of him for his political project to be successful, an insight he had not initially anticipated. This insight fundamentally places Zarathustra at odds with the most sacred ideal of Modernity.

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