Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was one of the most important and most influencial philosophers of western intellectual history. Nowadays, his works are seen as fundamental for the self-conception of modern thinking. His worldwide influence on philosophy, literature, anthropology, psychology, and criticism of religion and culture can scarcely be overestimated. With that in mind, it is surprising that there is no overarching commentary on his work which reviews his philosophical, historical, and literary conditions and illuminates the influence of Nietzsche’s self-published books. This lacuna is the focus of the research project “Nietzsche-Kommentar” of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
The “Nietzsche-Kommentar” analyses Nietzsche’s work in its historical context in six extensive volumes and thereby provides a new scientific tool to understand the character of Nietzsche’s thinking. This big research project is conducted and coordinated by the office site leader Prof. Dr. Andreas Urs Sommer as well as Prof. Dr. Katharina Grätz and Dr. Sebastian Kaufmann. It is situated at the “Deutsches Seminar II” at the “Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg” and has built an international network.