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Alfred Baeumler (or B�umler; German: ['b??ml?

]; November 19, 1887 � March 19,


1968), was a German philosopher and pedagogue. From 1924 he taught at the
Technische Universit�t Dresden, at first as an unsalaried lecturer Privatdozent.
B�umler was made associate professor (Extraordinarius) in 1928 and full professor
(Ordinarius) a year later. From 1933 he taught philosophy and political education
in Berlin as the director of the Institute for Political Pedagogy.

Biography[edit]
An influential philosopher in Nazi Germany, Baeumler used Friedrich Nietzsche's
philosophy to legitimize Nazism. Thomas Mann read Baeumler's work on Nietzsche in
the early 1930s, and characterized passages of it as "Hitler prophecy".[1]
Baeumler's 1931 book Nietzsche, der Philosoph und Politiker states:

A theory of the state is not to be found in Nietzsche's work � but this work has
opened all paths towards a new theory of the state. � His attack on the "Empire"
arises from the feeling of a world-historical task that awaits us. He wanted to
hear nothing of the state as a moral organism in Hegel's sense, he also wanted to
hear nothing of Bismarck's Christian Lesser Germany ("Kleindeutschland"). Before
his eyes stood the task of our race: the task of being leader of Europe. � What
would Europe be without the Germanic North? What would Europe be without Germany? A
Roman colony. � Germany can only exist world-historically in the form of greatness.
It has the choice to exist as the anti-Roman power of Europe, or not to exist. �
The German state of the future will not be a continuation of Bismarck's creation,
but will be created out of the spirit of Nietzsche and the spirit of the Great War
(from pp. 180�183. Italics in the original).

His books were published in Italy in the late 1990s by the Edizioni di Ar, a far-
right publishing house.[2]

Works[edit]
Studien zur deutschen Geistesgeschichte. Berlin: Junker und D�nnhaupt, 1937.
Politik und Erziehung. Reden und Aufs�tze. Berlin: Junker und D�nnhaupt, 1937.
(Collected speeches and essays).
M�nnerbund und Wissenschaft. Berlin: Junker und D�nnhaupt, 1934.
Nietzsche, der Philosoph und Politiker. Leipzig: Reclam, 1931.
Nietzsches Philosophie in Selbstzegunissen. Ausgew�hlt und herausgegeben von Alfred
Baeumler. Leipzig: Reclam, 1931.
Die Unschuld des Werdens. Der Nachlass, ausgew�hlt und geordnet von Alfred
Baeumler. Leipzig: Kr�ner, 1931. (Collection of unpublished writings by Nietzsche).
Bachofen und Nietzsche. Zurich: Verlag der Neuen Schweizer Rundschau, 1929.
Kants Kritik der Urteilskraft, ihre Geschichte und Systematik. 2 vols. Halle
(Saale): Niemeyer, 1923.
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