On Nietzsche, The Ubermensch and The Simpsons
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... On Nietzsche, The Ubermensch, and The Simpsons The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is well-known for the shock value of his works. His philosophy is of the extreme form of critique, characterized by the rejection of Platonic absolutes and values, culminating in the notion of a self-affirming, authentic agent that is the Ubermensch. In a seemingly parallel light, Bart Simpson of The Simpsons animated series initially appears to be an embodiment of this Nietzschean Ubermensch. However, Mark Conard proceeds to argue otherwise. In his article, Thus Spake Bart: On Nietzsche and the Virtues of Being Bad (2001), Conard points out that Bart Simpson, in the latter’s rejection of traditional morality...