Nietzsche and the Nazis

nn-front-cover-150pxA Personal View by Stephen Hicks, Ph.D.
Ockham’s Razor Publishing, 2006, 2010.


* Hardcover book version published August 2010.
* Kindle version at Amazon published 2011.
* Audiobook edition published 2013. MP3 and YouTube links below.
* 2:45-hour documentary at Netflix and on DVD at Amazon; published 2006.
* Polish translation by Izabela Kłodzińska (Chojnice: Fundacji Fuhrmanna, 2014). Preface in English. Przemysław Zientkowski’s foreword.
* Persian translation by Mohsen Mahmoudi (Tehran: Bourgeois Publishing, 2015).
* Spanish translation forthcoming in 2016.
* Russian translation forthcoming in 2016.
* Ukrainian translation forthcoming in 2016.
* Samples of the manuscript are below in PDF format.

Table of Contents [PDF]


Part 1. Introduction: Philosophy and History [PDF] [MP3] [YouTube]

NN-Persian 1. Fascinated by history
2. What is philosophy of history?


Part 2. Explaining Nazism Philosophically [PDF] [MP3] [YouTube]

3. How could Nazism happen?
4. Five weak explanations for National Socialism
5. Explaining Nazism philosophically


Part 3. National Socialist Philosophy [MP3] [YouTube]

6. The Nazi Party Program
7. Collectivism, not individualism
8. Economic socialism, not capitalism
9. Nationalism, not internationalism or cosmopolitanism
10. Authoritarianism, not liberal democracynn-polish-cover-front-150px
11. Idealism, not politics as usual
12. Nazi democratic success


Part 4. The Nazis in Power [MP3] [YouTube]

13. Political controls
14. Education [PDF]
15. Censorship
16. Eugenics
17. Economic controls
18. Militarization
19. The Holocaust
20. The question of Nazism’s philosophical roots


Part 5. Nietzsche’s Life and Influence [MP3] [YouTube]

21. Who was Friedrich Nietzsche? [PDF]22. God is dead
23. Nihilism’s symptoms
24. Masters and slaves
25. The origin of slave morality
26. The Overmannn-cover-kindle-150px


Part 6. Nietzsche against the Nazis [MP3] [YouTube]

27. Five differences
28. On the “blond beast” and racism
29. On contemporary Germans
30. On anti-Semitism
31. On the Jews
32. On Judaism and Christianity
33. Summary of the five differences


Part 7. Nietzsche as a Proto-Nazi [MP3] [YouTube]

34. Anti-individualism and collectivism
35. Conflict of groups
36. Instinct, passion, and anti-reason
37. Conquest and warnn-dvd-wrap-150px
38. Authoritarianism
39. Summary of the five similarities


Part 8. Conclusion: Nazi and Anti-Nazi Philosophies [MP3] [YouTube]

40. Hindsight and future resolve
41. Principled anti-Nazism

Part 9. Appendices

42. Appendix 1: NSDAP Party Program [PDF]
43. Appendix 2: Quotations on Nazi socialism and fascism [PDF]
44. Appendix 3: Quotations on German anti-Semitism [PDF]
45. Appendix 4: Quotations on German militarism [PDF]




Covers of the various editions and translations (at right).

Reviews: Tibor Machan, Ph.D. Piotr Kostyło, Ph.D. Lorenzo Warby. Kelley L. Ross, Ph.D. Dan Schneider. James Henderson. Mike Lumish, Ph.DMagdalena Wędzińska.

Nietzsche and the Nazisdocumentary screenshots.

The brochure with the full table of contents [PDF].

The first several minutes of the documentary are posted at YouTube:

On a lighter note: Ricky Gervais’s “Politics (Hitler interprets Nietzsche).”

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56 thoughts on “Nietzsche and the Nazis”

  1. I will surely read your papers – with respect to whatever you suffered to achieve your PhD degree.
    But what do you mean in your title?
    Nietzsche and the Nazis – there may never have been an interaction in that direction – the influence is opposit in time – surely. enlighten me, please.

  2. Is “Nietzsche and the Nazis” documentary available for purchase? I do not see it on Netflix any more, and its $75 for a used DVD on Amazon.

  3. Why didn’t Nazism happen in the USA ? Are there any writings on this, besides your excellent Youtube lectures?

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