Geschiedenis van de Filosofie, Uncategorized, Vrije Academie

Nietzsche’s madness might not have been caused by syphilis


It’s a long standing story that Nietzsche’s dementia was caused by syphilis. Yet a modern case study of Nietzsche’s breakdown by Dr. Leonard Sax doubts this is so. The arguments seem convincing. In particular because Sax has reconstructed the history of the ‘Nietzsche went mad by syphilis’-story. This history suggests that the diagnosis was never seriously made, and other causes are more likely.

But read for yourself.


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