Tuesday, November 02, 2021


Doctor's Orders

Julian Young, Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), p. 171 (notes omitted):
By early July, Nietzsche's condition had deteriorated so rapidly that his medical friend, Dr. Immermann, told him that he would not be able to teach his grammar school classes to the end of the school year and urgently needed to undergo a rest cure in some quiet mountain village. Evidently Immermann felt there was a psychosomatic factor contributing to Nietzsche's condition: he diagnosed over-stimulated nerves and offered, by way of remedy, the instruction: 'be more stupid and you will feel better'.

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