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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 give some sense of the complexity and profundity of Nietzsche's powerful writing and explosive style. Much of his work can be understood as critique of nihilism.

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What are the meanings of the aphorisms by Nietzsche?

Can anyone choose three and the tell me the meaning of these aphorisms by Friedrich Nietzsche, maybe even provide an example? but i mainly just need someone to break down at least 3 of these from ...
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Do you find commonalities between existentialism and transcendentalism?

As far as I can think of they both promote a sense of individualism but are they even comparable or do they overlap in any way?
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Which book did Nietzsche write “There are no facts only interpretations?”

I need to cite this quote and I can't find which book he wrote it in.
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Where does Nietzsche state that destruction is necessary to creation?

I've read somewhere that Nietzsche argues that destruction is always necessary in order to create, I think that the reference was to "thus spoke Zarathustra" but I couldn't find it myself. ...
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What do we know about the remaining nine Untimely Meditations that Nietzsche planned?

Nietzsche had four essays in his Untimely Meditations, but 13 were planned. Do we have titles/fragments or any inclination as to what the other nine were about?
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Nietzsche with Camus, on death

hateful to the fighter and the victor is your grinning death, which creeps up like a thief-and yet comes as the master. My death I praise to you, the free death which comes to me because I want it. ...
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In what way are value judgments true or false in perspectivism?

In what way are value judgments true or false in perspectivism? Be those universal statements like "stealing is wrong" or "I should not steal that".
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How does one reconcile Nietzsche's view of kindness?

On the one hand, N espouses that people shall almost ignore the needs of other people to achieve one's own greatness. But on the other hand he describes kindness as "Kindness and love, the most ...
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Why does Nietzsche affirm excellence so much?

A recurring theme in Nietzsche's writings seems to be that humans should strive for excellence “the highest power and splendor possible to the type man”. Im just wondering what it is about excellence ...
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In what way is immoralism good for the Übermensch?

In what way is immoralism good for the ubermensch? And, if there is no fact of the matter that I, you, or in deed anyone, is or isn't Nietzsche's higher type, as the SEP seems to say, then does that ...
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Would Nietzsche approve of the concept of dictatorship?

My understanding of Nietzsche is still quite rudimentary but something I keep thinking about while reading his texts, is whether he would approve of the concept of dictatorships. N is fine with ...
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Source for Nietzsche's question, "Which came first? Art or ethics?”

Memory suggests that Nietzsche's answer was ethics. Does anyone have a reference to the Nietzsche’s work where this question was posed?
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According to Nietzsche nature is “extravagant” and “unfair”. How did he come to this conclusion?

I am reading beyond good and evil and Nietzsche critics the core of Stoic philosophy. That "we must live according to nature". He then proceeds to doubt the idea that nature is wise, fair ...
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According to Nietzsche, does “slave morality” work for his “slaves”?

According to Nietzsche, does "slave morality" work for his "slaves"? I am trying to work out some sort of consistency to why his genealogy / criticism of morality means morality is ...
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Meaning of Aphorism 575 Nietzsche

We aeronauts of the spirit! All those brave birds which fly out into the distance, into the farthest distance it is certain! somewhere or other they will be unable to go on and will perch on a mast ...
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What do you call a non-philosophical opinion given by a philosopher?

What do you call a non-philosophical opinion given by a philosopher? Nietzsche wrote a lot of critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, but a lot of it is ...
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What did Nietzsche mean by “In Rome the Jew was considered 'guilty of hatred again the entire human race.'”?

From "The Genealogy of Morals" (see here): Rome felt that the Jews were something contrary to nature itself, something like its monstrous polar opposite. In Rome the Jew was considered &...
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What is the relationship between appraising art and philosophy?

I'm not quite sure of the relationship between philosophical systems and the appraisal of art. I know philosophy encompasses aesthetics, but I don't know if a system telling you how to appraise art is ...
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Why is Nietzche's “Amor Fati” descibed as the “key to fascism”?

I am trying to understand fascism (in its various forms) in philosophical/ideological terms. From what I've understood so far, it seems that (considered on its own terms) fascist ideology points ...
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Reading Nietzsche in Russian vs. in English

Once I read article about how bad Russian translations of Nietzsche's works & how they misinterpret the original saying. Reading it in German would be just great, and I'm looking to learn German, ...
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Meaning of a parenthetical in The Gay Science

Early in The Gay Science, Nietzsche includes a curious sentence in parentheses: "The poets, for instance, were always the valets of some morality or other." I'm curious what this means and ...
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Can a Woman truly fall in love with the Devil? If so, will she go to Heaven or Hell, after her life? Why? [closed]

I'm a Christian Baptist, and this is not a troll, I'm genuinely interested in an honest and in-depth answer, regarding all science and religious philosophy, both mysticism and pragmatism. The question,...
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Is absurdism the next step after nihilism

I believe I am nihilist. I had the realization that there's no meaning to life and everything we've created is just to fill that empty void, every social construct is merely a "philosophical ...
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“There is always a kind of contempt in the act of speaking” - What does this quote mean?

I saw this quote from Nietzsche in the preface of one of Harold Bloom's Shakespearean Analysis books. It says: "That for which we find words is something that is already dead in our hearts. ...
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What the author is saying in a paragraph in beyond Good and evil

What is meant by this paragraph: 109 "The criminal is often enough not equal to his action: he diminishes and disparages it."? What is the underlying belief of nietzsche here?
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How does the superman have value, if morality and humanity don't?

What does 'beyond good and evil' mean really? A lot of commentators seem -- to me -- to write as if talking about someone so perfect that they are beyond moral vices, and with that, judgments of ...
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Why did Nietzsche call Spinoza his 'precursor'?

In a letter Nietzsche made the following comment about Spinoza; "I am utterly amazed, utterly enchanted! I have a precursor, and what a precursor! I hardly knew Spinoza: that I should have turned ...
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Nietzsche's stance on how language makes us live in a world of “things” and “events”

In A Teacher's Introduction to Postmodernism by R. Linn, it says: Whereas Kant argued that the concept of a "thing", as opposed to en "event", was produced in consciousness as a ...
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Nietzsche said: Everyone knows at present that the ability to endure contradiction is a good indication of culture

Nietzsche said: Everyone knows at present that the ability to endure contradiction is a good indication of culture. What does that mean, and what was he most likely trying to say, stating that?
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Nietzsche translation

In an English translation of Nietzsche, Beyond good and evil, chapter two, section 40, is ‘Everything That is profound loves the mask’ What is the exact wording of the original German text of this ...
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What does Nietzsche mean by the words ‘counterfeiting the world by means of numbers?’

In ‘Beyond good and evil’, chapter 1, section 4, Nietzsche uses the words ‘counterfeiting of the world by means of numbers’: The question is, how far an opinion is life-furthering, life- preserving, ...
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Is there a way to search for words and phrases in English-language translations of Nietzsche's works?

Are you aware of a way to search English-language translations of Nietzsche's works? It would be ideal to be able to search all of Nietzsche's works simultaneously, but I'd be delighted to be able to ...
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Is Nietzsche's goal — for the “overman” and “higher type” — just 'forgetfulness'?

Is Nietzsche's goal -- for the overman and higher type of human being -- just the Buddhist concept of "forgetfulness" or dukkha? I am asking because it makes sense in my -- somewhat -- ...
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Why did Nietzsche dislike Kant and his epistemology so much?

So many books where Nietzsche criticizes Kant and express his contempt about the "categorical imperative" for example in "Beyond Good and Evil": The spectacle of the Tartuffery of old Kant, ...
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What does “harm” mean here?

What does "harm" mean here? According to Nietzsche, it is noble to judge 'what is harmful to me is harmful in itself.' Nietzsche, Friedrich (1954). Werke in drei Bänden. Munich. p. 729. I assumed ...
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Could NIetzsche be read as saying Aufheben is the meaning of life?

It is unclear what the 'will to power' means, and if it is about the world The will to power doctrine seems to claim that everything that exists rests fundamentally on an underlying basis of “...
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Refutation of a Nietzschanian Argument

Soon I will have to debate about Nietzsche and I have to contradict a thesis that he supported. The thesis is: The essence of a force is to be in relationship with other forces. I think this has to do ...
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Which philosophers have contradicted Nietzsche?

These days I'm becoming tired of the recurrent introduction of Friedrich Nietzsche as the epitome of the philosophical genius, the revolutionary whose ideas have never been as relevant as now and the ...
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What are some of the metaphors used by Nietzsche to refer to the end of religion?

What are some of the metaphors used by Nietzsche to refer to the end of religion? The end or death of religion is a recurring theme throughout Nietzsche's work. What are some of the metaphors he used ...
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Is there a decent book or section in opposition to many of Nietzsce's concepts in “Beyond Good and Evil”?

It would also be neat to discover a list or work that has brief critiques of major philosophical ideas or texts. Related, I found this site: https://www.denizcemonduygu.com/philo/browse → ...
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In Thus Spake Zarathustra what does Nietzsche mean by saying “are thine own desires 'neath a thousand guises”?

In The Song of Melancholy, chapter LXXIV, in Thus Spake Zarathustra, there is a section that says: Are the poet’s desires, Are THINE OWN desires ‘neath a thousand guises, Is this a rhetorical ...
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In “Birth of Tragedy”, is the dionysian nature favored by Nietzsche over the Apollonian?

As I understand from the text, one of the reasons for the decline of greek tragedy (according to Nietzsche) is the influence of Socrates's dialectical work. Socratic maxim goes like - Virtue is ...
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What does Nietzsche’s “a monstrosity per defectum” mean?

I was reading through Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy and I came across the phrase - In Socrates, instinct becomes the critic, consciousness the creator — a monstrosity per defectum! As far as I ...
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Heaviness in eternal recurence

In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, it is said that: In the world of eternal return the weight of unbearable responsibility lies heavy on every move we make. That is why Nietzsche called the idea ...
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Popularity of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche

From my perspective Kierkegaard and Nietzsche both tried to answer the same question to found out what is morality and ethic. Why is Nietzsche so popular today, and Kierkegaard is almost forgotten? ...
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Is Nietzsche's eternal return symbolized by the Vortex of early modernists?

The image of the Vortex was used a fair amount in Modernist literature, most importantly by Pound and Lewis, who numbered Joyce and Eliot in their circle. I was wondering if a "vortex" was -- ...
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Meaning of aphorism 133 from chapter 4 in beyond good and evil by Nietzsche

I have started reading Nietzsche's books and I come across a quote that resonates with me personally as probably with other people and I am curious if someone would like to attempt to further explain ...
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What prominent Nietzsche experts give 'empathy' a role to play in his transvaluation?

What prominent Nietzsche experts give 'empathy' a role to play in his trans-valuation? I found a paper that lists proponents of the opposite view, but it is not peer reviewed, and is just a Masters ...
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What is the link with nihilism and hypocrisy?

What is the link with nihilism and hypocrisy? I know that Nietzsche mentions hypocrisy. I think to the effect that the old values helped it flourish, that it is now debased, with at least the ...
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What does Nietzsche refer to with the “backworldsmen”?

I'm a rookie to philosophical thinking but trying my best to understand the concepts. I'd be appreciated if you could enlighten me about this: In Chapter 3 of Thus Spake Zarathustra, he is addressing ...

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