Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was a German philosopher and poet. Nietzsche is consistently one of the most widely-read philosophers, even among laymen; yet his work is often elliptical, even cryptic, and demands an unusual discipline with respect to reading and thinking. This contradiction may ...

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Why does Nietzsche call Plato a bore?

There is this quote attributed to Nietzsche saying 'Plato was a bore', though I do not seem to be able to find the source for this at this moment. Assuming he did say this, why was this? A few ...
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Which contemporary philosophers explicitly engage with Nietzsche's statement that “God is dead”?

Which contemporary theorists, especially of art or poetry, explicitly and deliberately engage with Nietzsche's statement that "God is dead"? Obviously Nietzsche has had a huge influence on post / ...
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What does Nietzsche mean by the intellectual costs that “For” and “Against” incur?

In the preface of Human, All Too Human Nietzsche talks about control over one's For and Against. He mentions this after stating that the free spirit is able to become a master over virtues and uses ...
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What separates the middle works of Nietzsche from his later works?

I was reading Ruth Abbey, who writes: “the commonplace view that Nietzsche holds drives like pity, empathy, and sympathy in contempt is thrown into question by a careful study of the middle ...
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Is Nietzsche saying here that agnostics admire the unintelligible?

I need help understanding the last two paragraphs of the 25th section, third essay, which is provided below from the free link: http://home.sandiego.edu/~janderso/360/genealogy3.htm Similarly who ...
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Eternal Return as palliative care for the weak [closed]

Long ago in a forum I found an opinion that Nietzsche concocted the idea of Eternal Return as palliative care for the weak — that it is a soothing notion that there could be endless opportunities to ...
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Geneaology of Morals Essay 2 Section 21

I am having difficulty understanding this section. Does he mean that he doesn't bother moralizing the concepts of guilt and duty because he sees no point to moralize something that is ...
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How does Nietzsche reconcile his idea of eternal recurrence with the rest of his philosophy?

I'm having a hard time grasping Nietzsche's idea of eternal recurrence, as I do not understand the relationship between the idea of eternal recurrence and the rest of his philosophy. (e.g. the concept ...
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What are some good books about existential philosophy?

I recently have gained a lot of interest in philosophy and have especially taken to Nietzsche's work and ideas. I am reading philosophy to understand on a more personal level to lead a more fulfilled ...
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Why did Nietzsche believe that atomism was well-refuted?

Here are a couple of quotes from Beyond Good and Evil: As far as materialistic atomism goes: this is one of the most well-refuted things in existence. In Europe these days, nobody in the scholarly ...
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Was Zarathustra innately of a “higher” type

I get that Zarathustra is able to do great work, by the end of the book. But what I don't get is how those not predestined to greatness could take from Nietzsche body of work, except perhaps a mild ...
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How far does Nietzsche's skepticism of causality go?

On page 21 of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, I found the following quote: Suppose someone sees through the boorish naivete of this famous concept of "free will" and manages to get it out of his ...
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What are Nietzsche's views on truth and logic - for real this time

I'm trying to make sense of Beyond Good and Evil and Nietzsche's views at that time. The claims he makes about truth and logic seem problematic to me: "Granted, we will truth: why not untruth ...
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What does Nietzsche mean in his metaphor about dreaming and its relationship to truth?

I am having trouble understanding the following passage completely: In accordance with the root meaning of his association with “brightness,” he is the god of light; he also rules over the beautiful ...
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Interpretation of Nietzsche's aphorisms in Beyond Good An Evil

I have long been fascinated with the maxims in Beyond Good And Evil (Chapter 4). I have found great depth in many of them, but I suspect there may be other layers that I've missed. Also several of ...
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What is the “old religious formula” Nietzsche refers to?

to employ once more an old religious formula with a new and deeper meaning--it is some fundamental certainty which a noble soul has about itself, something which is not to be sought, is not to be ...
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Mussolini on Nietzsche

Does anyone have a link / explanation of Mussolini's writings on Nietzsche? Failing that, any of the early fascists.
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Are there any websites that walkthrough Nietzsche's work?

I have often seen sites dedicated to famous literary works that break down a composition and help explain it to the beginner. I've only taken one class on philosophy so I'm not going to understand ...
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Can a beginner in Philosophy understand the following books?

I know that Pythagoras is the basis for all the Philosophy (and probably mathematics). I ordered The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library but I already have the following Philosophical books: ...
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Everything beautiful twice, or three times - or not?

In aphorism 339 in the Gay Science, Nietzsche contemplates the Greeks yet again. The Greeks, to be sure prayed: "Everything beautful twice, even three times". They implored the gods with good ...
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Why is Nietzsche here tying Physics to the categorical imperative?

In aphorism 335 in the Gay Science, that book or montage of aphorisms, written both carefully and carelessly; Nietzsche writes: Long live Physics!...what? You admire the categorical imperative ...
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Nietzsche's perspective in Philosophy of Art

What is the meaning of the pair Apollonian and Dionysian in Nietzsche's philosophy of art? In which work does Nietzsche expand his view?
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Duplicity and strength in humans

The background for the question is: I often struggle with feelings of a kind of resentment, and I believe that traditional morality isn't going to help with that. Nietzsche writes, in The Birth of ...
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Does Nietzsche acknowledge “mad states”?

An important aspect of Jung's analytical theory is his description of the conscious and unconscious desires of the personality. Specifically, Jung describes states of mind in which the person holds ...
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What confirms the claim that Friedrich Nietzsche was an atheist from a christian perspective?

In reading some of Nietzsche's works, his disappointment with humanity and God is evident to me. But so far I haven't seen any text by him where he explicitly endorses atheism. At the same time, many ...
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Nietzsche - blond beast

This may be too much to ask but can someone explain this reference from "on the genealogy of morals" by Neitzsche. I tried reading it from a couple of other sources but got confused.
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Are Nietzsche's “higher men” men of principle

Are Nietzsche's "higher men" men of principle - in their value judgments? Or do their principles extend only to meta-ethical claims, such as the will to power, the existence of higher and lower ...
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Is this an at all defensible reading of the end of Zarathustra by Nietzsche

... and whenever a dove whisked over its nose, the lion shook its head and wondered and laughed... Meanwhile, however, the higher men had awakened in Zarathustra's cave, and marshalled ...
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Joy accompanies, joy does not move

In Will to Power, Nietzsche wrote that joy accompanies, joy does not move This claim strikes me as false. Behind this seems to be the idea that power rather happiness motivates us. But I think ...
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“Ordering of rank” in the Will to Power 287 of Nietzsche

My philosophy aims at an ordering of rank: not at individualistic morality Quoted here on ask a philosopher, in a reply by Martin Jenkins, who seems to take this as highly conclusively, at ...
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Why is Nietzsche considered a philosopher - but not Whitman?

Reading Whitmans epic - The Leaves of Grass recently; I was so struck by his language and it's similarity to Nietzsches that I suspected that he had been influenced or read him. For example: I ...
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Arguments against eternal return

I have encountered the concept of eternal return e.g. in reading about Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) and Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 BC). This is one formulation from Nietzsche's The Will To ...
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Popper, Nietzsche and knowledge

In many works of Karl Popper, he says, quoting Xenophanes, that all human knowledge is only conjectural, that modern science will never produce a true knowledge. The german philosopher, Friedrich ...
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Nietzsche and abuses of power

I'm reading some aphorisms now, so though I could start a question :-) He seems to have the overarching goal of saying that all morality is born of strength and weakness, in a number of ways - e.g. ...
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Strong man of “ressentiment” and the ambiguity of Strength

I am new to the field of philosophy and am trying presently to read and understand Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals. In the first essay, he talks about the popular morality and ressentiment; Which I ...
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Complacency and self hate [closed]

Is self hate actually an opponent to conformity and complacency? Isn't amor fati a bit silly when it revolves around comfortably sitting in front of a computer. In my heart do I love only ...
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What did Nietzsche mean by the words “ philosophizing with a hammer”?

What does Nietzsche mean by the words ' philosophizing with a hammer"?
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The man who wants to die

This is a phrase I stumbled across in Deleuze work on Nietzsche, but I don't know of where it appears in the latter's work. e.g. the distinction between the last man and the man who wants to die ...
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Is a perfect chaos possible?

There are various notions of chaos, in myth, science and philosophy: Nietzsche in the Gay Science wrote: the total character of the world is chaos for all eternity - in the sense of not of a lack ...
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How does the camel, the lion and the child apply to everyday life? [closed]

Having read several interpretations (noted below) of Nietzsche's Three Metamorphoses, how does this apply to everyday life? How do you apply it? When do you know you have metamorphosized? Sources ...
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What does Sartre mean with that existence precedes essence and how is it related to the earlier existential philosophers' thoughts?

What does Sartre mean with that existence precedes essence and how is it related to the earlier existential philosophers' thoughts? Existential philosophers like Kirkegaard, Heideggers and Friedrich ...
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The three metamorphoses of spirit

Three metamorphoses of the spirit do I designate to you: how the spirit becometh a camel, the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child... To create new values—that, even the lion cannot yet ...
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Can we trust Friedrich Nietzsche's perspective on isolationism?

Due to the fact that the audience of this question is comprised of individuals visiting a philosophy website, I can assume that the concept of introversion(within reason) will be met rather ...
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What is it to will meaninglessness [closed]

Suppose I were able, willing to and had willed the valuelessness of everything in my life. What would that mean to philosophers like Nietzsche? Is this what the "will to nothingness" is?
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What is science in the 'gay science'?

First, I haven't read the book; but have come across some excerpts in one of Foucaults essays. It occurs to me that given Nietszches famous antipathy to Christianity, and that Adam/Eve were evicted ...
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Discredited readings of Nietzsche

“skeptical” view need not read Nietzsche as a global anti-realist — i.e., as claiming that there are no truths or facts about anything, let alone truths about value — a reading which has now ...
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Would Deleuze affirm that Platos dialogues are a form of drama?

Deleuze, in Difference and Repetition writes: Drama has but a single form involving all three repetitions. Nietzsche's Zarathustra is clearly a drama, a theatrical work. It seems to me Platos ...
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What would Nietzsche's response be to these claims?

"The self (the "I") is the center of moral responsibility." "Morals express something higher in the human spirit, something more noble and more spiritual." "Religion constitutes the essence of the ...
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Is the last man a christian and if so what sort [closed]

Here are two possible examples: A I can't think of much more mediocre, personally for me, than a lapsed Christian that expects God's sacrifice to save them. Let us call this a "christian nihilist" ...
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Did Friedrich Nietzsche believe in “the truth”?

It is well known that Friedrich Nietzsche was very condemnatory of the objective truth, however, while analyzing his words, it is difficult to ascertain whether or not he believes in the truth at all. ...