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Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche

The Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche is a free place for philosophical discussion and scientific reflection on modern living. It was founded on October 15, 1999, based on a series of conferences on Friedrich Nietzsche’s life and work held since 1993 and public reception in Weimar. The Kolleg is located in »Villa Silberblick«, where the philosopher spent the last years of his life in a state of mental derangement.

The building and the history of the Nietzsche Archive are described under Institutions.

The Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche sees itself as an institution for philosophical and scientific meta-reflection on humanities research and cultural tradition at the memorial site Weimar. Based on Nietzsche’s idea of a place for »free spirits«, the Kolleg has set itself the objective of considering philosophical questions related to the present day in open intellectual discussion among philosophers, scientists, artists and writers. The Kolleg has accordingly invited thinkers from various national, theoretical and philosophical backgrounds to reflect on the possibility, necessity or impossibility of world thinking as part of a major lecture series. The following have tackled this question in recent years:

  • Giorgio Agamben
  • Jean Baudrillard
  • Bazon Brock
  • Eveline Goodman-Thau
  • Michael Hardt
  • Ágnes Heller
  • Dieter Henrich
  • Boyan Manchev
  • Julian Nida-Rümelin
  • Ryôsuke Ôhashi
  • Peter Sloterdijk
  • Klaus Theweleit
  • Ernst Tugendhat
  • Gianni Vattimo
  • Wolfgang Welsch
  • Slavoj Žižek

The »On World Thinking« series will continue with Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht.

In October 2009, the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche celebrated its tenth anniversary with a four-day event on the topic »Comments on the Intellectual Situation of our Times«. In January 2010, the Kolleg received the Weimar – City of Diversity award from Stefan Wolf, mayor of the city of Weimar, and in February, the newly founded Verein der Fellows des Kollegs Friedrich Nietzsche e. V. (Society of Fellows of the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche) was introduced to the public with a lecture and a press conference. In 2010, the Kolleg became a cooperative partner of the »European Romanticism« research institute at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.