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13 Zarathustra and the Iranian Religion 100. The enigmas The study of Iranian religion is full of surprises, even of disappoint- ments. We approach the subject with the most lively interest, for we have learned beforehand of the Iranian contribution to the religious formation of the West. If the conception of linear time, replacing the notion of cyclical time, was already familiar to the Hebrews, a number of other religious ideas were discovered, revalorized, or systematized in Iran. To mention only the most important: the articulation of several

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even love must be understood in “selfi sh” terms— that is to say, as an extension of self- concern, not as an instrument of self- transcendence.3 Moreover, when Nietz sche fi rst sketched the character of the Free Spirits in Human, All Too Human, he remarked that they would maintain a wary distance from others, which could very well make them appear “poor in love.”4 Nevertheless, love appears in a new light in the landmark work that suc- ceeded the Free Spirit trilogy, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, whose title character is practically defi ned by his great capacity


an African Background 76 The Sun of Knowledge and the Ground of Things 78 The Blessed Isles 79 5 The Bells of Genoa and Nietzschean Epiphanies 89 Epiphanies 96 The Value of Human Things 101 Crossed Geneses 107 x Contents The Azure Bell of Innocence 112 Zarathustra’s Night Song 114 Epilogue to the Bell 121 6 Torna a Surriento 123 Notes 127 Editions, Abbreviations, Bibliography 147 Index 155


and Lie in the Extra- moral Sense” UD On the Use and Disadvantage of History for Life UM Untimely Meditations WS The Wanderer and His Shadow Z Thus Spoke Zarathustra


A c k n o w l e d g m e n t s I am indebted to the reviewers for the University of Chicago Press for their exceptionally incisive comments. Chapter 2 draws on material that appeared in an earlier version as “Nietz- sche’s Political Engagements: On the Relationship between Philosophy and Politics in The Wanderer and His Shadow,” Review of Politics 78, no. 2 (2016): 201– 25. Chapter 4 draws on material that appeared in an earlier version as “Authenticity and the Motives for Political Leadership: Refl ections from Nietz sche’s Zarathustra,” in Leadership and