Eastern Philosophy and Nietzsche | Buddhism and Hinduism

Published on Jun 20, 2021
There are some good reasons to believe that Nietzsche was interested in Eastern philosophy during his lifetime, especially in Buddhism and Hinduism.

Both Hinduism and Buddhism are of interest to Nietzsche not in themselves, but as alternative positions from which to continue his attack on Christianity.

Although Nietzsche considers these philosophies as nihilistic (wrongly), he does indicate their profundity. It seems that he studied this material closely and appreciated it greatly.

Throughout Nietzsche’s books and notes, he refers to different aspects of Eastern philosophy on more than four hundred occasions, and in several of these he claims to be interested in it.


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â–¶ Beyond Good and Evil (1886)
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⌛ Timestamps

0:00 Nietzsche on Buddhism
1:44 Why Buddhism isn't nihilistic
4:56 Nietzsche praising Buddhism
5:48 Similarities Nietzsche and Buddhism
6:51 Nietzsche on Hinduism
13:02 Similarities Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
13:36 Schopenhauer praising Hinduism
14:48 Similarities Zarathustra and Shiva
15:18 Nietzsche's India
15:46 Nietzsche glorifying Eastern Philosophy



Thanks to Ian Withy-Berry for his idea on Nietzsche and Buddhism.

Smith, D. (2004). Nietzsche's Hinduism, Nietzsche's India: Another Look. Journal of Nietzsche Studies, (28), 37-56.

Elman, B. (1983). Nietzsche and Buddhism. Journal of the History of Ideas, 44(4), 671-686.


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