Scholarly Article Analysis

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The article I chose for my scholarly article analysis was more than straight forward as it is called “Friedrich Nietzsche.” The author is Paul Carus, a German-American author who lived between the late 19th/early 20th century. As for how I decided on this particular article, I knew I wanted to find an essay that was as close to a good academic article on Friedrich Nietzsche. Not possessing an advanced degree in philosophy, I assumed that the article database of JSTOR (known for its broad “humanities” slant) would, most likely, be a good place to begin. The keyword of “Friedrich Nietzsche” yielded pages of articles, each of which focused on Nietzsche and yet some went on really off the grid tangents on what I was looking for. I found an article written by Carus that gave a descriptive/analytical slant on Friedrich Nietzsche. So, wishing to acquire a firmer grasp on the great philosopher, and (if I’m being honest with myself) having a thirst for knowledge I sought out Carus’s essay would at least defend me from suffering the agony of not earning that thirst for knowledge.
The intro to Carus’s essay offers what will soon be exploited in his essay: that of the masses fascination of Friedrich Nietzsche. That intro is a line that follows as such: “Among all modern philosophers there is perhaps no one who exerts a greater fascination upon large masses of people than Friedrich Nietzsche” (230). Nietzsche is viewed by Carus as a fascination upon large masses. As Carus points out, there are several reasons which make Nietzsche attractive to a certain class of people” (230). He notes that his style is pointed; he appeals to sentiment, passion, ambition, and vanity- all of which is human too human, not intellect; his ideas are easily understood; his ideas are not presented in a logical, orderly way; and that he appeals to the pride of sovereignty, of irresponsibility, and of absolute independence (230). Having provided his reader with a couple of reasons for why Nietzsche is fascinated by the masses, Carus proceeds to state the main objective of his essay, which is to clarify and unpack our...

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