08 November 2004

Word for the Day

ubermensch (ueber-; über-) · uu-b&r-mensh; -ü- · noun [Phil.]
:a superior human being; one of superior abilities, capacities, and moral conduct; one who is willing to strive and take risks for the sake of enhancement of humanity; someone who can establish his own values as the world in which others live their lives; not bound to instinct or genetic predetermination; capable of influencing the lives of others. Contrasts with to the "last man," whose sole desire is his own comfort and is incapable of creating a quality of life beyond himself and his genetically predetermined nature.
Coined by Friedrich Nietzsche; occasionally superman; or overman, in English.

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