Nietzsche and the Nazis: A Personal View by Stephen Hicks, Ph.D.
Written and Narrated by Stephen Hicks, Ph.D.
Directed and Edited by Christopher Vaughan and John Barrett
Research and Project Management by Virginia Murr
Sound and Music by John Barrett and John Parson
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is famous for his statement that “God is dead” and his provocative account of Master and Slave moralities—and for the fact that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis claimed that Nietzsche was one of their great inspirations. Were the Nazis right to do so—or did they misappropriate Nietzsche’s philosophy?
In this two hour and forty-five minute documentary containing over 400 images, Professor Stephen Hicks asks and answers the following questions:
* What were the key elements of Hitler and the National Socialists’ political philosophy?
* How did the Nazis come to power in a nation as educated and civilized as Germany?
* What was Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophy—the philosophy of “Live dangerously” and “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”?
* And to what extent did Nietzsche’s philosophy provide a foundation for the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis?
Dr. Stephen Hicks is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College, Illinois, and a member of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society and the North American Nietzsche Society. He has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a visiting scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. He is also the author of Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault (Scholargy, 2004), The Art of Reasoning: Readings for Logical Analysis (W. W. Norton & Co., 1998), and articles in academic journals such as The Review of Metaphysics and other publications such as The Wall Street Journal.