Double birthday

“175th anniversary of Friedrich Nietzsche, 20th anniversary of the Nietzsche Kolleg” 11 – 13 October 2019

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On 15 October 2019, not only will we be celebrating the 175th anniversary of Friedrich Nietzsche but also the 20th anniversary of the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche. Established at the initiative of Rüdiger Schmidt-Grépály, the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche has always seen itself continuing the legacy of its namesake as a place for “free spirits”. Twenty years later, the Kolleg proudly looks back at an eventful history as a place of fundamental, candid and – in the best sense of the word – wilful discussion and contemplation. And it looks ahead with the goal of addressing and discussing some of Nietzsche’s more discomforting ideas and impulses as an occasion to philosophise.

Further information about the programme will be available shortly at:

Distinguished Fellow 2019

The successful series presented by the Distinguished Fellows of the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche continues in summer 2019. We are delighted to welcome the well-known sociologist, social psychologist and political scholar Professor Dr Harald Welzer as our next Distinguished Fellow.

„Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.“

Friedrich Nietzsche (Human, All Too Human I, 483)


“Philosophers at Work with Books. Digital Writers’ Libraries and the Future of Humanities-Based Methods” 14 – 16 June 2019

From 14 to 16 June 2019, the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche will hold a conference in cooperation with the Akademieprojekt Nietzsche-Kommentar at the University of Freiburg and the Institut des Textes et Manuscriptes Modernes at the Ecole normale superieure in Paris with over 20 German and international scholars. The conference will address the far-reaching possibilities and challenges of digital processing of writers’ libraries, such as Goethe’s and Nietzsche’s, for humanities research. Not so long ago, researchers required a lifetime of scholarship and almost encyclopaedic knowledge to comprehend the complex relationship between important authors and their intellectual environment. Today these contexts and intertexts seem much easier to delineate with full-text searches and intelligent hyperlinks. By means of practical experience and concrete examples, the conference participants will discuss what these new technologies really mean for the classical humanities.

The conference is open to the public, and admission is free.

Hegel Lectures

Since 2010 the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the Institute of Philosophy at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena have jointly invited an internationally renowned representative of the humanities to hold a lecture at the University of Jena once a year

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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