Cost of Glory

Nietzsche on how too much history can be bad.

Show Notes

"Satisfy your souls on Plutarch, and dare to believe in yourselves when you believe in his heroes" - Nietzsche


Friedrich Nietzsche: Greek Scholar, Plutarch fan, student of history, incisive critic of history nerds such as your host.

How does history help us, actually? Is it in the ways we think?

Listen to this episode for encouragement if you feel woefully ignorant about history.  Or, if you are a big history buff and need the occasional kick in the pants.

Insights and Quotes from Nietzsche's Essay "On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History."

Available on its own here

or in this collection.

What is Cost of Glory?

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