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Zarathustra and the Gypsy. The Gypsy Figure as Paradigm of the Liberated Man in Nietzsche

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as Paradigm of the Liberated Man in Nietzsche
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journal RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2019 - 2
title Zarathustra and the Gypsy. The Gypsy Figure as Paradigm of the Liberated Man in Nietzsche
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 07-2019
doi 10.26350/001050_000118
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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Of the seven recurrences of the term gypsy (Zigeuner) in Nietzsche’s works, only two possess deep philosophical implications: a short statement in RWB and the poem Yorick als Zigeuner. In this article I suggest that the gypsy figure in Nietzsche should be read in close interdependence with the problem of liberation, and that it shares three features in common with the figure of the «free spirit»: (i) the nomadic condition and the absolute freedom it entails; (ii) the struggle for surviving, in which death and destruction are essential experiences man must undergo so that he may create himself and «become who he is»; (iii) laughter, the surest sign of a fully enacted Dionysian human condition that is capable to «dance on the abyss». As the analysis of Yorick als Zigeuner will demonstrate, the gypsy figure possesses these three features, thus it is paradigmatic of a perfectly liberated mankind.

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Nietzsche, Gypsy, Freigeist, Nomad, Music

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carlo.chiurco@univr.it

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