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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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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The metaphor of the herd and prey in Nietzsche

I just wondered if anyone said that assuming human types aren't real designations, then - when the ubermensch preys on the herd, if this abrogates the rules of the herd? Personally I feel that would ...
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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

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

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. ...
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Where to begin Nietzsche?

I am a mathematics student, but always interested in philosophical arguments especially on Love and God. I am also currently studying an extra course on philosophy of rationality which discusses ...
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Zarathustra and the History of Western Philosophy

Zarathustra is famously invoked by Nietzsche to sweep away a univocal theology - Western Christian monotheism; in the history of religions Zarathustra is famous as the founder of Zorastrianism; this a ...
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Must infinity involve repetitions?

Infinity for Nietzsche in at least one line of argument involves the eternal return; he refers to it in the Die fröhliche Wissenschaft and Also sprach Zarathustra; most completely in his Notes on the ...
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Nietzsche - crime, sin and punishments

Deleuze in Nietzsche and Philosophy wrote: In comparison with Christianity the Greeks are children. Their way of depreciating existence, their 'nihilism', does not have the perfection of the ...
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Schadenfreud as a way out of amorality

Theodor Adorno, defined Schadenfreude as "largely unanticipated delight in the suffering of another which is cognized as trivial and/or appropriate." Nietzsche comments that Schadenfreude ...
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The Übermensch and the working class

I was wondering if the working class coming to consciousness of itself shares anything with the Übermensch, in character. I have seen many words on what that character is, but how does it relate to ...
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What, for Nietzsche, is a noble death?

This thread Why is Nietzsche so against Socrates? on Socrates and Jesus's death and the article that I linked to there, got me glibly wondering... In Human, All to Human, Nietzsche says that How ...
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Satan etc. and Nietzsche [closed]

One of Nietzsche's books is titled "antichrist", and while there is debate as to whether this rendering into english is inferior to the title "antichristian" he does explore the life of Jesus in his ...
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Hypocricy and Nietzsche

Can Nietzsche's "genuine hypocrite" cease being a hypocrite and believe in the role he is playing, or is his belief too strong? Nothing seems to me to be rarer today then genuine hypocrisy. I ...
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“Saving” Nietzsche?

Nietzsche claims we must say "yes" to life, and be healthy and strong that way. But he also makes scathing remarks both in Zarathustra and in his late notebooks, about the Biblical maxim "thou shalt ...
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What sense does Pascal's wager take on after God has died?

What would a Nietzschean wager look like? Can we imagine such a thing? I'm not asking about the eternal return (unless you can include mention of Pascal in your answer.)
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Pessimism of strength and weakness

2nday source on these terms say: they essential concern the character of their advocates rather than the content of their doctrine It is well known that Nietzsche called probity or honesty the ...
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Nietzsche and miracles

I came across this on google, and am struggling to flesh it out into something meaningful. Can anyone explain this quote: "believe with me in Dionysian life... but believe in the miracles of your ...
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What social class was Socrates from?

Its well known that Plato was from the aritocratic elite of Athenian society. In his writings Socrates figure as his pre-eminent philosophical spokesperson. There is a adage, which might be a truism ...
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Isn't Nietzsche's Übermensch idea self-contradictory?

Doesn't Nietzsche's Übermensch contradicts itself in that understanding everything would enable propagation of that understanding? Wouldn't Nietzsche's Übermensch eventually fully understand how the ...
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Nietzsche and “The death of God” [duplicate]

In the 125th paragraph of "The Gay Science", Nietzsche announces the death of God but I have some doubts. Why God is dead? What is the reason of it? And why did Nietzsche announce it in front of an ...
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Why does Kierkegaard suggest indolence makes ressentiment dangerous?

Nietzsche is well known for his notion of ressentiment which he had taken from Kierkegaard and develops in the Anti-Christ; Kierkegaard notes In the Present Age the positive value of ressentiment in ...
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Why is Nietzsche so against Socrates?

Nietzsche recalls the story that Socrates says that 'he has been a long time sick', meaning that life itself is a sickness; Nietszche accuses him of being a sick man, a man against the instincts of ...
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It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

In thus spoke zarathustra , Friedrich Nietzsche writes "It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!" What is the meaning ...
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Nietzche's: We killed God… Who was he referring to? [duplicate]

Did Nietzsche refer to the disease version of God (the fact that by the days of Nietzsche, Germans had found a cure for neurological Taenia Solium) or is he referring to the political definition of ...
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How did Antiquity deal with the disappearance of the Transcendent?

In Western Philosophy, Existentialism heeding Nietzches call was the first philosophy that dealt with the loss of the transcendent in a formal way. Whereas prior to him, it anchored, or rather was ...
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Where did Nietzsche tell the story of the Master and His Emissary?

In Iain McGilchrist's The Master and His Emissary, McGilchrist explains the title of the book with reference to a tale told by Nietzsche. McGilchrist's summary of the tale begins: 'There was once a ...
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Irony in Friedrich Nietzsche?

Wikipedia defines verbal irony as a statement in which the meaning that a speaker employs is sharply different from the meaning that is ostensibly expressed. The ironic statement usually ...
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Similarities between philosophies of Zhuangzi (daoism) and Friedrich Nietzsche?

I've come across these quotes by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) and about Chinese daoist philosopher Zhuangzi (4th century BC). from Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy from the ...
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Does Nietzsche's Free Death apply to God?

Nietzsche’s philosophy is notorious for its famous pronouncement that “God is dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?” ...
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Did Nietzsche plagiarize Stirner?

There has been some fuss about the main ideas of Nietzsche's philosophy and Stirner's main work The Ego and Its Own even if Nietzsche usually attributes to Schopenhauer the main influence of his work. ...
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Nietzsche, Christ & Christianity

In the Twilight of the Idols, Nietzsche buries Christianity but praises Christ - calling him the only Christian. Is he calling him a Christian in the tautological sense in being the founding figure ...