Nietzsche-Achiv, Klassik Stiftung Weimar

The Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche

Founded in 1999, the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche sees itself continuing the legacy of its namesake: as a place of independent and wilful reflection and philosophical contemplation in interaction with contemporary life. In line with Nietzsche’s concept of a place for “free spirits”, the Kolleg serves as a forum for philosophers, scholars, artists and writers to engage in intellectual, open debate on the philosophical issues of our age.

„There is still another world to discover - and more than one! Aboard ship! ye philosophers!“

Friedrich Nietzsche (The Gay Science, 289)

The Kolleg is situated in the rooms of the historical Nietzsche-Archiv, the “Villa Silberblick”. This is where Nietzsche spent his last years in a state of mental decline, and it was from here that Nietzsche’s influence spread to all corners of the world. Click here for more details about the building and the history of the Nietzsche-Archiv.

By means of our fellowship programme, diverse events and publications in various media, the Kolleg addresses fundamental topics of contemporary culture, society, art and science.

  • Dr. Helmut Heit
    Head of the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche

    Klassik Stiftung Weimar
    Am Palais 3
    99423 Weimar

    Mailing Address
    Burgplatz 4

    P +49 3643 545 630
    F +49 3643 545 639


More details about the building and the history of the Nietzsche-Archiv

Library and lecture room with interior furnishings by Henry van de Velde

„Commend me to all scepticism where I am permitted to answer: ‘Let us put it to the test!“

Friedrich Nietzsche (The Gay Science, 51)

New director of the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche since January 2019: Dr Helmut Heit

Dr. Helmut Heit, Leiter des Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche im Portrait

On 1 January 2019 Dr Helmut Heit became the director of the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche. Helmut Heit studied philosophy and politics in Hannover, Melbourne and Berlin, after which he earned his doctorate in 2003 with the dissertation “The Origin Myth of Reason. On the Genealogy of Greek Philosophy as the Demarcation to Myth”. Prior to his present position, he was an associate professor for German and European philosophy at Tongji Universität in Shanghai (2015-2018). Before his appointment in Shanghai, he worked at the TU Berlin (2007-2015) where he founded the Berlin Nietzsche Colloquium, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2006–2007), the University of California at San Diego (2005–2006) and the University of Hannover (2003–2006). He has received research fellowships in Pelotas, Brazil (2014-2015) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2012–2013). In 2014 Helmut Heit was a Fellow in Residence at the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche in Weimar.

Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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