About the Project

The philosophical work of Friedrich Nietzsche had a significant impact on the thinking of twentieth century leaders and intellectuals. For decades philosophy scholars and curious individuals have been pondering over questions regarding Nietzsche’s extraordinary personality and grandiose controversial ideas. What were the reasons behind his thoughts? How did Nietzsche’s personal life influence his work? How did his believes evolve and why? Which contemporaries inspired Nietzsche or who conversely fell under his influence?

The aim of our upcoming project will be to answer these questions by collecting Nietzsche’s biographical data; organizing them in a structured database using modern digital technologies, analyzing and putting this information into context; providing rich visual and interactive presentations of relations between people, events and ideas. The fruits of our endeavour will be publicly available on a dedicated project website.

The main difference between our project and the other websites containing philosopher biographies and bibliographies is that our goal is to create a full-length digital biography by utilizing all possibilities of cutting-edge technologies that can assist us in copying with the challenging task of displaying less cluttered, better organized, readable and more capturing relevant content. To do this, the database model in which the data is stored should be deeply interlinked and the presentation layer should make use of these relationships as much as possible. The content should be clear, easily searchable, navigable and highly semantic, leveraging technologies like XML, HTML5, CSS3 or microformats. It should also be visually engaging — diagrams, maps and graphs would make it more appealing and demonstrative. Most of these visualizations should be “live” — based on the data sets stored in the database. Finally, the website should contain interactive elements, allowing the user to explore the content quickly and effectively. An example of that could be an interactive map (or a timeline) and dynamically loaded content, which can be accomplished with the use of JavaScript.

Authors

  • Orlin Topalov
  • Vojtěch Vít