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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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Is it possible to argue that the world is good from a theists perspective?

In all Abrahamic religions it is taught that everything that God does is for the good. Is it philosophically possible to argue that our universe is good without arguing from the perspective of a ...
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What exactly is Nietzsche’s criticism of the Thing-in-itself and is it supplanted by his Will to Power?

How did Nietzsche criticize the Thing-in-itself from Kantian philosophy? There are two popular claims: Nietzsche thought that we only know causation from experiences and and so cannot legitimately ...
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Possible readings of ownership and accidents in Thus spoke Zarathustra

In the beginning of the third part of "Thus spoke Zarathustra" there is a paragraph about accidents that befall oneself (german: Zufall) and ownership: The time is now past when ...
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Why would some philosophers consider Nietzsche the "Godfather of Fascism"?

I'm really new to philosophy and heard a lot that Nietzsche was considered the "godfather of fascism". The phrase seems to be a recent development according to Google ngram, but it is ...
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Does Nietzsche answer what "the good" actually is?

Friedrich Nietzsche gives examples of different stuff people thought "the good" might be, and refers to the idea of slave and noble morality, but he doesn't seem to answer what "good&...
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What are some theories attacking postmodernism preserving objective truth and morality without assuming a God?

From my simplified understanding postmodernism claims ?: there is no objective truth, only interpretation there is no objective morality, morality usually represent the interest of the powers that be ...
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Did Nietszche say "all human institutions are intended to prevent mankind from feeling their life"?

Someone shared this quote with me, saying it's from Nietzsche, but I can't find a source for the translation: Is it not the case that all human institutions are intended to prevent mankind from ...
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I can’t get what Nietzsche exactly referring to by (the later is in no respect whatever an argument in favor of the former)?

TRUTH”!—“The truth of Christianity was attested by the virtuous lives of the Christians, their firmness in suffering, their unshakable belief and above all by the spread and increase of the faith in ...
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In birth of Tragedy How is the satyr related to the Dionysian principle? In what way do you think the satyr was (or is) the archetype of (hu)man?

Nietzsche writes (in section 7), “…the satyr, the fictitious natural being, bears the same relation to the man of culture that Dionysian music bears to civilization.” And then later (section 8), “On ...
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How does Nietzsche's understanding of "power" differ from his predecessors?

What is good? Everything that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. Instead of asking what is good, I found myself asking myself what 'power' is. How does Nietzsche'...
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Can you make a promise if you experience no guilt

I am having trouble to understand why Nietzche wants to get rid of guilt. From what I understand he claims that guilt was introduced by the ressintiment of the oppressed slaves as a way to vent their ...
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Help finding a Nietzsche quote

I am trying to recall a F. Nietzsche quote that I like, but I cannot hit the right words on Google in order to find it. The content of the quote (as I recall) is that in our vanity we want people to ...
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Where does contemporary scholarship decided that Nietzsche's philosophy/writings are perspectival?

I find it to be unfound when reading Nietzsche, himself, and I feel Nietzsche would object to this interpretation/ascription.
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Can guilt and shame be used for self overcoming according to Nietzche

From my understanding of the genealogy of all morals, Nietzsche claims that bad conscience is the greatest sickness of mankind. This is the feeling of guilt and shame that arises by obeying the ...
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What was the Nietzsche's argument against theory of evolution?

I had read about it a decade ago, but it looks like now I have forgotten his point. Can I know what was his argument against Darwin?
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what's the big deal with "amor fati"?

Why do I keep hearing about Nietzche's "amor fati" (meaning "love your fate") or "eternal recurrence" ? It seems to boil down to "one should strive to be willing ...
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What is the main point of the argument in this article : https://www.pa.org.za/blog/religion-and-law-responses-remarks-chief-justice

Link the main point to one or two of the philosophical branches and argue for or against the point identified?
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What does Nietzsche mean by "and they blink" when talking about the "last man"?

"'We invented happiness' say the last human beings, and they blink.”
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what are the key points of Ubuntu (Humanity) particulary as it relates to poverty?

How can the Ubuntu philosophical approach address the issue of poverty and how can the elements of Ubuntu be integrated into practices in everyday life in the contemporary?.
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Is it ever alright to share a secret?

So my main concern about my philosophical question is that is it a Ethic branch of philosophy? if not to which branch does it fit?
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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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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 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 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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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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