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Dostoevsky had also apparently encountered other views of the Superman or Ubermensch

Dostoevsky had also apparently encountered other views of the Superman or Ubermensch

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Dostoevsky had also apparently encountered other views of the Superman or Ubermensch — views  that were not yet formulated in any coherent whole but were heard wherever intellectuals gathered.  Svidrigailov was born from these ideas of self-gratification. Svidrigailov would reason: Since there is  no will (or power) beyond that of my own, I must completely assert my own will until it is totally free of  all restraint against it. Since there is no power beyond me that functions to punish, I am free to assert  completely my own will. Therefore, the Svidrigailov type of Ubermensch is one who possesses the strongest will and is able  to make his desires and his power dominant over others. Svidrigailov can rape a 15-year-old girl and  cause the death of a servant without any fear of punishment. He asserts his own will in order to  gratify his own desires.
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