In Nietzsche's words :

Man is something that shall be overcome. Man is a rope tied between beast and superman - a rope over an abyss.

Although the concept of the superman is well documented, there's a reference to another type of man in Nietzsche's most famous book (Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen) the ¡ultimateman!

What is the main difference between the two?

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    With "ultimateman" do you mean the Last Man (German: Letzter Mensch) ? Feb 20, 2019 at 12:32
  • "I love those that know not how to live except as down-goers, for they are the over-goers. " ?
    – user35983
    Feb 20, 2019 at 16:47
  • I mean literally the ultimate man! "Give us this Ultimate Man, O Zarathustra' (Pag.47, Penguin Classics) and @MauroALLEGRANZA Why did you removed the metaphysics tag? This question is all about metaphysics! Feb 20, 2019 at 22:47
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    i think it's a good question that gets to the nub of 'nihilism' for today... maybe a d&g answer?
    – user35983
    Feb 20, 2019 at 22:56
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    What's a d&g answer? Feb 21, 2019 at 9:43

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Superman, Ultimate man, Overman are just different names to describe the same concept, so there is no difference between the two!

  • I suspect that is true, but would you have any reference to justify the answer? Feb 22, 2019 at 9:24
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    The ultimate man is only called once in Zarathustra's book, "Give us this Ultimate Man, O Zarathustra", The Ultimate Man is just an apostrophe to the Superman, to be precise to any kind of Overman! Feb 22, 2019 at 9:27
  • it is certainly not the overman that they mean!! @FrankHubeny
    – user35983
    Feb 22, 2019 at 19:25

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