If Nietzsche Only Knew

  • Jared Lincourt
Keywords: philosophy, nietzche, buddhism, nirvana, suffering


This paper compares Buddhism with the philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche and speculates how he would have reacted to Buddhism if he had understood it more accurately. I will focus the discussion on two central philosophies of Buddhism, which Nietzsche misinterpreted: Nirvana and suffering. It will be shown through an examination of selected writings and key philosophies of Nietzsche that if he had a better understanding of Nirvana and suffering then he would have been significantly more favorable towards Buddhism and would have found it to have close similarities to his own beliefs.

How to Cite
Lincourt, J. (2019). If Nietzsche Only Knew. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 3(1), 62-68. Retrieved from https://openjournals.bsu.edu/stance/article/view/1755