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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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Friedrich Nietzsche wrote The Gay Science shortly after his failing health prompted him to retire from teaching. The Gay Science contains short and poetic phrases known as aphorisms that describe the recovery of health and happiness. Nietzsche praises the artistic form of life of gay or carefree spirits. He contrasts the artist's style of life with the miserable style of life that he observes among moralistic preachers. Nietzsche investigates the reasons why the moralistic approach to life is so popular and offers a remedy for overcoming its traumatic effects. The book famously declares the death of God and the birth of a new approach to living joyfully.

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The title The Gay Science indicates that the subject matter involves a method for achieving happiness and well-being. Friedrich Nietzsche investigates the obstacles to living in a carefree and gay manner while unraveling the foundations of traditional prescriptions for achieving a good life.


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