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Hiking With Nietzsche – On Challenges, Struggles, And Becoming Who We Are

April 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm CEST

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Interintellect Patricia Hurducas returns with a new salon for The Mountains Are Calling series. This time we will explore John Kaag’s book Hiking With Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are. We will discuss parts of Nietzsche’s philosophy, we will take a closer look at Agon (Greek word for conflict and struggle), and we will touch upon the topic of becoming. 

“How can man know himself? It is a dark, mysterious business: if a hare has seven skins, a man may skin himself seventy times seven times without being able to say, “Now that is truly you; that is no longer your outside.” It is also an agonizing, hazardous undertaking thus to dig into oneself, to climb down toughly and directly into the tunnels of one’s being.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

Hiking with Nietzsche: Becoming Who You Are is a tale of two journeys—one made by John Kaag when he was nineteen years old, the other seventeen years later as a husband and father. Kaag explores the mountains near Sils Maria where Nietzsche wrote Thus Spoke Zarathustra. At this salon we will discuss the topics explored in Hiking with Nietzsche from defeating complacency to coming to grips with the unobtainable, while we will also share our own stories of struggle, our experiences out in the wilderness, what we learned and what we are still learning about ourselves.

Reading the book is not mandatory, slides with quotes from the book will be shared with the participants during the salon.

Painting: Friedrich Nietzsche by Edvard Munch (1906)

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