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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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Why the will to power?

I've read the ladybird Nietzsche, and some of it is on this site. I do not understand why anyone might think that their own will to power is all that matters! The promises about morality hindering the ...
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Was Nietzsche an amoralist?

Was Friedrich Nietzsche against morality, or at least in favor of not giving it importance? For example, what would Nietzsche think of someone who qualifies for what he considers the Ubermensch or ‘...
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Does the last man hate work?

Does the last man hate work? This probably strikes the site as a facile question, but Zarathustra does seem to end with beginning his work, and the last man has lost the capacity to hate himself (that'...
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Is Nietzsche's last man authentically envious?

Is the last man an authentically envious person (or state of mind), devising ways to steal what others will have, their happiness, and what they would be jealous of if it came to pass? I think it ...
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Revisiting Nietzsche and Scheler's Philosophies of Ressentiment

One often hears Nietzsche's views on ressentiment cited, but I contend that they are resentful. Nietzsche considered ressentiment as a central theme of his philosophy describing it as feelings of ...
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Can we ask for justification of someone that mistreats us, even if we are Nietzschean?

Can we ask for justification of someone that mistreats us, even if we are Nietzschean? I do not want to engage in ressentiment, but "why" is a question I seem unable to let go of. Normally ...
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Has anyone compiled a list of all the philosophical works Nietzsche critiques in Beyond Good and Evil?

I know this isn't really a philosophy question; I just want to read everything Nietzsche read. I have a picture of him over my bed and I kiss his little forehead every night. Also, why does he say ...
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Does anybody understand what Nietzsche meant by ‘Seriousness in Play’?

The quote below is from Human, All Too Human by F. Nietzsche. It is rare because it describes where he was physically and what he sensed: Seriousness in Play. - In Genoa one evening, in the twilight, ...
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What amount of egoism is natural, even necessary, even moral? [closed]

In his second theorem in the Critique of Practical Reason, Kant states that a rational being's consciousness of the agreeableness of life accompanying his whole existence is happiness, and the ...
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Need help interpreting chapter 9 from the first essay of the Genealogy of Morals

In this chapter Nietzsche says: It is the church that repulses us, not its poison - apart from the Church we like the poison. I am under the impression that "us" refers to the freethinker. ...
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Was 'life' inherently/objectively good in Nietzsche's philosophy? How to overcome Nihilism?

I understand that after Nietzsche got rid of objective morality in his philosophical process, he went ahead and claimed that even though there is no objective morality that his personal philosophy ...
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Can atheism be considered as cult [closed]

I had recently conversation trying to understand if atheism is religion. However best argument I had - is that lack of belief into something isn’t theology - and it seems fare to me. However speaking ...
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Can we create our own essence/values like what Nietzsche proposed as a solution to nihilism - ubermensch?

I watched Jordan Peterson's lecture on Existentialism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsoVhKo4UvQ&ab_channel=JordanBPeterson and he said that Nietzsche's idea of ubermensch - a new human species ...
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Is it a dumbing down of amor fati to use it to accept other people's behaviour and have less expectations of them?

Is it a dumbing down of amor fati to use it to accept other people's behaviour and have less expectations of them? It reminds me of stoic tips for a happier life, fabricated quotes by famous ...
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Why was Nietzsche misunderstood?

Why was Nietzsche misunderstood? Philosophy isn't necessarily easy to understand, but with e.g. the nazis, was it a malicious misreading of him that set germany on the road to extreme fascism? Is it ...
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There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Are these words of Shakespeare,inspired by Marcus Aurelius, true?

This question is not about ethics. It is about our perceptions of positive and negative value. I take the original meaning of the great emperor to be that we have control only of our own thinking, and ...
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Was Nietzsche more compassionate than the Buddha's teaching?

I was chatting to a devout Buddhist about how difficult I am finding it to want to transfer merit to people that do evil acts. They replied that merit is just not something you can even do evil with, ...
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Is everyone's sense of power always predicated on diminishing that of someone else's? [closed]

Why think that everyone's sense of power always predicated on diminishing that of someone else's, and is it the case? I think the question isn't a trivial "no reason to think it". power ...
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what are some examples of a monster (nietzsche monster and the abyss)

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." (Beyond Good and Evil, 146)
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What does Rawls mean by a "day of reckoning"?

The quote (I don't remember where exactly in AToJ it is): But we must try to postpone the day of reckoning as long as possible, and try to arrange society so that it never comes. I think it was past ...
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What would it mean for the herd to be victorious over the overman?

What would it mean for the herd to be victorious over the overman? What would that amount to? I assume that the herd has its perverse plans, born out of ressentiment, for the ubermensch, and they will ...
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What does not kill me makes me stronger

"Out of life's school of war: What does not destroy me, makes me stronger." -from the Maxims & Arrows section of aphorisms, in Die Götzen-Dämmerung (Twilight of the Idols) by Friedrich ...
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How did Nietzsche prove his will to power?

Was Nietzsche right about the will to power? Specifically, did he (or any of his interpreters) prove (let's take Kant's system as a cut off for 'proof') that the will to power, either individually or ...
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Interpretation of living dangerously

Continuing discussion of Master morality vs slave morality My second question is how would you interpret when Friedrich Nietzsche say "live dangerously". Is it to live risky lives even its ...
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What is Virtue?

I have been reading Plato and re-reading Nietzsche and both of them discuss Virtue without saying what it is. In Thus Spake Zarathustra Virtue seems to come in flavours where you have to pick one or ...
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Master morality vs slave morality

I have read master morality vs slave morality through youtube and net. Every one has different interpretation. Can some one summarize and explain what Nietzsche really tried to say ?
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To what extent is Nietzsche an "Idealist?"

I am well aware of Nietzsche's prolonged and often prolific critiques of what he referred to as "Idealism," yet I am curious as to the extent which two of his ideas in particular, namely ...
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I am struggling to believe there is anything good in humanity: can you help?

I feel neither like a sinner nor sinned against, but I am struggling to see any good in anyone or myself. I am reminded for the 100,000th time of "mankind is a bridge", and that's what we ...
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Nietzsche's idea about conservation of human species

I am starting to get into Nietzsche's philosophy, through his book "The joyful wisdom"/"the gay science". In the first chapter, "The Teachers of the Object of Existence", ...
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Can someone explain amor fati to me?

Can someone explain amor fati to me? Does it just mean love who you presently are? That seems a bit bourgeois to me. Does it mean that there's no explanation for why anything happens? Again, that ...
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Do ideas bring about "power"?

Do ideas bring about "power"? Primarily, I may be thinking of a quote about hedonic pleasure, and how these bodily sensations of power "cannot be satisfied unless the agent has a desire ...
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Nietzsche on subconscious self-justification

What is the quotation of Nietzsche where he says that he found himself somehow subconsciously lying to himself in order to feel better about something he did?
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What was Neitzche calling "old frigid and tedious frogs"?

After the first paragraph of the first essay of On the Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche discusses how English psychologists may be motivated to study the darker side of "our inner world". Then ...
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(1) Who was Nietzsche quoting in this passage, and (2) what is it saying?

This is a quotation from section 18 of First division: First and Last Things in Nietzsches Human, All Too Human: When the history of the rise of thought comes to be written, a new light will be ...
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What does Nietzsche mean in this quote from The Gay Science?

I struggle to interpret this quote from Chapter 1, Book 1 of The Gay Science. If someone could explain what he is trying to say (especially with the first part), it would be much appreciated. To ...
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Hegelian dialectic to transcend Stoic vs Nietzsche?

I would like to apply Hegel's dialectic to the following thesis/antithesis and that you help me find sublimating synthesis ideas. Here is the thesis: "to live a happy life, you must accept your ...
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Why is Nietzsche an important philosopher?

Can someone explain to me why Nietzsche is an important philosopher? To be honest, I am interested in analytic philosophy and I want to to how much valuable the Nietzsche's ideas are from analytical ...
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Eternal recurrence and free will

In rereading Nietzsche, I had a question: Is Nietzsche a determinist? As far as I understand from reading Beyond Good and Evil, it follows that it does not, for Nietzsche himself, as I understand it, ...
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Does Nietzscean eternal return make sense in light of modern science?

Nietzsche scholars and some major continental philosophers (Deleuze) take the idea of eternal recurrence seriously. Why? Modern science (especially chaos theory) showed that the notion of eternal ...
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Was Nietzsche a strong proponent of machoism and traditional masculinity?

Was Nietzsche a strong proponent of machoism and traditional masculinity? Some quotes from Nietzsche on those matters: "With the growing indulgence of love matches, the very foundation of ...
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What is the justification for Deleuze's 3rd synthesis of time?

In Difference and Repitition by Deleuze, he comes up with 3 syntheses of time. The first being habitus, which is the conditioning of actual experience through pre-existing material patterns for the ...
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How does fight club counter Nietzsche? [closed]

So it seems obvious to me the fight club critiques nietzsches school of thought. However, since it is a work of art I worry I may have missed all the points it makes. Can someone enlist them? The ...
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Quote from Nietzsche on modernity and culture

I can't find a passage from one of Nietzsche's book (Thus Spoke Zarathustra?) about its opinion on modernity (the age he was contemporean of) and culture. As far as I recall, the idea was that his ...
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Were Caesar's murderers more powerful than him?

Nietzsche seems to think that power is the greatest virtue Only as image of the highest virtue came gold to the highest value. Goldlike, beameth the glance of the bestower. Gold-lustre maketh peace ...
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Is transvaluation supposed to be some sort of intuitive aesthetic judgment akin to moral ones

Is transvaluation supposed to be some sort of intuitive aesthetic judgment akin to moral ones, and can someone be mistaken in their judgments of value? In what sense then is transvaluation not ...
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Does Nietzsche's statement “God is dead” imply that morality ceases to exist?

I’ve always been a little confused about this. If God is dead then somehow humans lose all their morals and any human actions are permitted, right?. This doesn’t quite make a whole lot of sense to me. ...
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Did Nietzsche cite anywhere in his writings Plato's Gorgias regarding Callicles?

Nietzsche's theory has many similarities with Callicles thought in Plato's Gorgias (Nietzsche and Callicles on Happiness, Pleasure, and Power). However, he did not explicitely mention Callicles in his ...
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Nietzsche and classical liberalism

Nietzsche was a right-leaning anarchist, a "rebel aristocrat" (Domenico Losurdo). He was vividly against democracy, socialism, and equality. He criticized John Stuart Mill, rejecting his ...
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What is the difference between Nietzsche view on suffering and the Epicurean view on suffering?

Nietzsche on suffering Here is a quote of Nietzsche, from Russell (History of Western Philosophy, Chapter 25 "Nietzsche"): Nietzsche's ethic is not one of self-indulgence in any ordinary ...
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How do you understand Nietzsche in the aphorism 33 from "The Gay Science" : Book 'Joke, Cunning, and Revenge'?

I have a hard time understanding what Nietzsche wanted to express in this aphorism : The Solitary One Despised by me are following and leading. Commanding? Even worse to me than heeding! Who does ...
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