Friedrich Nietzsche Begins Work on 5th Book of The Gay Science

Friedrich Nietzsche Begins Work on 5th Book of The Gay Science

Friedrich Nietzsche
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Friedrich Nietzsche begins work on the 5th book of The Gay Science (Die fröhliche Wissenschaft). This is part of a second edition of the book — the original edition didn't include this fifth book, a collection of songs. Nietzsche will consider this the most personal of all of his books, in part because of the inclusion of his poetry and songs.

Nietzsche writes:

"Do you believe then that the sciences would have arisen and grown up if the sorcerers, alchemists, astrologers and witches had not been their forerunners; those who, with their promisings and foreshadowings, had first to create a thirst, a hunger, and a taste for hidden and forbidden powers?"

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