HomeIAMURE International Journal of Literature, Philosophy and Religionvol. 5 no. 1 (2014)

The Emergence of Authentic Human Person in Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche’s Philosophy of the Superman: an Hermeneutics Approach to Literary Criticism

Asisclo Iii M. Abonado

Discipline: Philosophy



The paper interprets Nietzsche’s description of authentic human person. Based on the works of Nietzsche, commentaries and philosophical interpretations of various authors, authentic human person evolves into a superman by using the principles of discipline and mastery of oneself. His authenticity, however, requires persistence, courage and strength to endure many forms of sufferings and to overcome alienation brought about by his environment. Otherwise, man would become slave of his desires or alien to his own powers, talents and capacities. Thus, Nietzsche’s thought of superman is an invitation to overcome oneself, the self that is influenced by the non-self or factors outside one self. It is only possible by using the will to power. The will to power of man overcomes the influences of the world’s modernization and industrialization that alienates him to his true self, and this true self is best expressed by his will to power. On this note, the author suggests that the readers must use their potentials to face up to challenges of this new era.