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wrote, and so it may be accepted as a statement of some of his
most salient ideas in their final form. Notes for it had been
accumulating for years and it was to have constituted the first
volume of his long-projected magnum opus, “The Will to Power.”
His full plan for this work, as originally drawn up, was as follows:
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I. The Antichrist: an Attempt at a Criticism of Christianity.
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The Free Spirit: a Criticism of Philosophy as a Nihilistic Movement.
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The Immoralist: a Criticism of Morality, the Most Fatal Form of
Ignorance.
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Dionysus: the Philosophy of Eternal Recurrence.
The first sketches for “The Will to Power” were made in
1884, soon after
the publication of the first three parts of “Thus Spake
Zarathustra,” and thereafter, for four years, Nietzsche piled up
notes. They were written at all the places he visited on his endless
travels in search of health—at Nice, at Venice, at Sils-Maria in the
Engadine (for long his favourite resort), at Cannobio, at Zürich, at
Genoa, at Chur, at Leipzig. Several times his work was interrupted
by other books, first by “Beyond Good and Evil,” then by “The
Genealogy of Morals” (written in twenty days), then by his
Wagner pamphlets. Almost as often he changed his plan. Once he
decided to expand “The Will to Power” to ten volumes, with “An
Attempt at a New Interpretation of the World” as a general sub-
title. Again he adopted the sub-title of “An Interpretation of All
That Happens.” Finally, he hit upon “An Attempt at a
Transvaluation of All Values,” and went back to four volumes,
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