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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 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 is ‘counterfeiting of the world by means of numbers’? [duplicate]

In Nietzsche ‘Beyond good and evil’, chapter 1, section 4, there is a reference to ‘counterfeiting of the world by means of numbers’. I understand the meaning of this section, but am unclear about the ...
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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 'forgefulness'?

Is Nietzsche's goal -- for the overman and higher type of human being -- just the Buddhist concept of "forgetfulness"? I am asking because it makes sense in my -- somewhat -- Buddhist world ...
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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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Question about Nietzsche's view of sympathy in aphorism 103 of “Human, all too Human”

In Nietzsche's "Human, all too human", does he talk in aphorism 103 about somebody who feels sympathy or someone who is trying to arouse it? Here is the Aphorism: The Inoffensive in Badness.—...
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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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Was Nietzsche a non-cognitivist?

This 2012 article argues there is insufficient textual support for the claim that Nietzsche was a non-cognitivist -- that the role of the judgement in question is to express the relevant non-...
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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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What sort of values are Nietzsche's?

What sort of values are Nietzsche's? They are not, according to some, moral ones, or at least Christian ones. Do they all share in any (other) quality? To be more specific: how can we tell some ...
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What does Nietschze mean by this passage?

People still fall out, but are soon reconciled - otherwise it spoileth their stomachs. From Thus spake Zarathustra, Chapter 5, the part about the last men.
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What is the source of this Nietzsche quote?

I am looking for the original German translation of the following quote. To experience a thing as beautiful means: to experience it necessarily wrongly,” Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in The Will to ...
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What evidence is there that Nietzsche was anti-consumerist?

Wikipedia indicates that Nietzsche was anti-consumerist. What writings or evidence suggest that Nietzsche was anti-consumerist?
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What was Nietzsche saying in Chapter 2 of Thus Spake Zarathustra?

Chapter 2 of Thus Spake Zarathustra has this passage: "When Zarathustra heard the wise man thus speak, he laughed in his heart: for thereby had a light dawned upon him. And thus spake he to his ...
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Where did Nietzsche say he was not the overman?

Where did Nietzsche say he was not the overman? I know that Zarathustra does too, but seems to be. I'm interested because I can't easily conceive of a more thorough nihilist, at least without AI ...
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Who was profiting when Nietzsche said “if he is immodest enough to wish to profit those whose spirit and will are concealed…”?

Nietzsche said this (as found here): "It seems to me that a human being with the very best of intentions can do immeasurable harm, if he is immodest enough to wish to profit those whose spirit and ...
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Do Nietzscheans think not lying to yourself has intrinsic value?

Do Nietzscheans think not lying to yourself has intrinsic value? It's just a guess, that they might, even though Nitezsche claimed "everything is permitted". I don't think it works completely in the ...
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Did Nietzsche “believe” in causality?

In Human, all too human, part 1, par. 107 (“non-responsibility and non-guilt”) Nietzsche clearly brings forth the Spinozian theory of the “innocence of becoming”. I am a bit confused by this claim. ...
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What is value, for Nietzsche?

What is value, for Nietzsche? He's often claiming we should decide (make?) our own values, but it's not clear what that word means. Is it enough to have a genuine sense of preference for something? ...
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Where is one's “power”?

Where is one's "power", in the Nitezschean sense? Is it in the body? Is it a phenomena of conscious: does it depend upon consciousness? Is it a quale? It is essentially ones own?
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Was Nietzsche speaking of psychologists when he commented that even those with the best intentions can do immeasurable harm?

Nietzsche said this (as found here): "It seems to me that a human being with the very best of intentions can do immeasurable harm, if he is immodest enough to wish to profit those whose spirit and ...
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“We hear only the questions to which we are capable of finding an answer”(Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, aphorism 196) What's his proof?

I have a paper due and it is about critiquing one of Nietzsche's statements. I have to provide an example for my reason and defense for his.
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The source of a Nietzsche quote

I remember Nietzsche wrote "it is OK to philosophize by just touching on subjects" instead of developing a systematic way. In which book was it? Or do I misremember the quote? Thanks in advance, Best ...
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Intellectual History of Idea in A Geneaology of Morals Essay One

In Nietzsche's first essay in A Geneaology of Morals, he suggests that use of language in which subjects and verbs are distinguished may influence or at least correspond to conceptual distinctions in ...
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Nietzsche on Goethe: Not an ascetic priest, “He knows more.”

Nietzsche constantly praised Goethe as being a truly remarkable human. But one passage from Genealogy of Morals does raise a question for me, after he spends much time setting up and criticizing the ...
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Ontology in the Nietzschean framework

Would you say that Nietzsche held any regard to the ontological question in his work? I know more or less his account on metaphysics, he seem to push the question aside as he considers it does not fit ...
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Help with philosophical interpretation of the movie 'V for Vendetta' [closed]

I am having a hard time with my essay on the film, 'V for Vendetta'. I am required to analyze the film from the perspective of two masters of suspicion, Marx and Nietzsche, but I cannot reach a ...
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In Nietzsche's eternal recurrence, does the overman live only once? [closed]

Boltzmann showed us that the entropy of an event is equivalent to the likelihood of said event. This seems to imply that the higher the entropy of your perception, the more occurring your perception ...
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What is the goal of the Übermensch?

I have been reading Thus spoke Zarathustra, and i understand that Man should attempt to act to be like an Overman, or a bridge to one. But i have a dilemma: Is the Übermensch the final goal of ...
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Why does Nietzsche think suffering is great?

"But not to perish from internal distress and doubt when one inflicts great suffering and hears the cry of suffering : that is great, that belongs to greatness." The Gay Science, Fourth Book, 325 How ...
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Is Nietzsche 'power' neither value neutral nor practical?

Main question Is Nietzsche 'power' neither value neutral nor practical? Subsidiaries that I considered in asking it If so, how can it be demarcated from the object of philosophy, generally enough ...
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Is Schopenhauerian pessimism truly passive nihilism?

Nietzsche referred to Schopenhauerian pessimism as passive nihilism. Does the categorization happen to be true or is Nietzsche's analysis somehow flawed?

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