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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 is “re-evaluating all values” necessary to become an Übermensch?

From previous answers it became clear to me that Nietzsche did not think that there has been any Übermensch yet. He identified Goethe as a person that has overcome and disciplined himself to advance ...
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Nihilist paradox

As Nietzsche is an obvious example, I am focusing on him. I think that there are no nihilist philosophers, because if someone is a nihilist, why would the nihilist even bother telling us? As a ...
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In what way was Nietzsche anti-relativist and anti universalist?

Just trying to wrap my head round this very basic question. Relativism holds that moral claims contain an essential indexical element, such that the truth of any such claim requires ...
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Why did Nietzsche say he would not live his life again?

Why did Nietzsche say he would not live his life again? Kaufman Gay Science p. 19 introduction... “Nietzsche in ... one of his notes... “I do not want life again. How did I endure it? ...
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Isn't Nietzsche's overman a replacement for God?

Nietzsche claimed that "we killed God". Thus, as Nietzsche thought, it would result in nihilism. He also "introduced" an idea of the overman. This question is not about what the overman is. But I'm ...
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What did Nietzsche, in Thus Spake Zarathustra, mean by writing in blood and understanding unfamiliar blood?

In Thus Spake Zarathustra, Chapter VII says this: Of all that is written, I love only what a person hath written with his blood. Write with blood, and thou wilt find that blood is spirit. It is ...
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Do Kierkegaard and Nietzsche have similar ideas about being and becoming?

I have not read much of Kierkegaard's philosophy, but this quote comes in mind when comparing his philosophy to Nietzsche's in terms of being and becoming: “To be human, is not a fact, but a task.” ...
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What would Nietzsche think of Taoism?

I'm not too familiar with the works of Nietzche (The Gay Science, On the Genealogy of Morals, etc). However, I am familiar with the terms of overman or Ubermensch, a person who creates new morals/...
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What was the “almost new domain of dangerous knowledge” in Beyond Good & Evil?

In Beyond Good and Evil, near the end of Chapter 1, Nietzsche wrote: And yet this hypothesis is far from being the strangest and most painful in this immense and almost new domain of dangerous ...
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Nietzsche's departure from Schopenhauer

I'm attempting to understand the will to power by first presenting Nietzsche's first mentor, Schopenhauer, and his notion of the will to survival/life. In very simple terms, I believe S believed that ...
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'How to become what you are' supposing Foucault is right about the body?

The phrase is the subtitle of Ecce Homo. You can a short essay by Foucault, on Nietzsche, free of charge; it's also in his essential works: aesthetics, appearing originally in a book dedicated to ...
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Is globalization immoral? [closed]

My question pertains to when Morality becomes so defined and homogenous to the entire population if this isn’t immoral to the diversities that it umbrellas. In a world that now demands membership as ...
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Are there contemporary adherents to this view about systemised ethics?

In some parts of the field of truth, no doubt, men who work by these divergent ways are apt as men to represent antithetical types. But over the whole field this need not be ...
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Could Nietzsche read English and French?

Nietzsche often criticized English philosophers and praised French philosophers. Could he read English and French? Or did he read translations of English and French philosophical writings?
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What did Nietzsche mean when he said “There is an enormous strain and distance between envy and friendship, between self-contempt and pride”?

In the book The Dawn of Day, Aphorism 69, Nietzsche said Inimitable.—There is an enormous strain and distance between envy and friendship, between self-contempt and pride: the Greek lived in the ...
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Was Nietzsche's project a complete failure? [closed]

It seems that Nietzsche's project was an attempt to prepare the earth for some kind of higher being, the overman, whether or not that was himself. But a century later it seems we have no overman. Was ...
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The relation between God and Master and Slave morality in Nietzsche's work

My understanding is that master and slave morality arose out of an earlier distinction between Good and Bad, rooted in heroic, aristocratic values – the glorious, powerful and strong versus the ...
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Did Heidegger talk about malice at all?

Did Heidegger talk about malice at all? I agree and find interesting if not useful most of Nietzsche's aphorisms but felt that his analysis of malice was just weak, and obviously so. However, I liked ...
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Was Nietzsche against hedonism?

At first, I think there is a difference between utilitarianism and hedonism in that first assumes some kind of utility which can be calculated and last simply puts that it's natural (we are not here ...
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What did Nietzsche mean when he said “The charm of knowledge would be small …”?

What did Nietzsche mean in Beyond Good and Evil when he said "The charm of knowledge would be small if so much shame did not have to be overcome on the road to it."?
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What does Nietzsche mean by a philosopher betraying something of his own ideal when he asserts what the greatest person is like?

In Beyond Good and Evil aphorism/paragraph 212 says this: At present, on the contrary, when throughout Europe the herding-animal alone attains to honours, and dispenses honours, when "equality of ...
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Acute or chronic suffering and pain: does anyone talk about their difference?

Acute as opposed to chronic suffering and pain: does anyone talk about their difference? I mean, I think I'm more concerned with extreme pain, and I wondered whether that was a philosophical position, ...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Nietzsche (Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a ...
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Are there specifically Buddhist arguments against the eternal return of the same?

Are there specifically Buddhist arguments against the eternal return of the same? There seems like there should be. However, I'm highly confused by what a "final nirvana", complete extinction, could ...
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How does Thus Spoke Zarathustra conclude?

How does Thus Spoke Zarathustra conclude? "FELLOW-SUFFERING! FELLOW-SUFFERING WITH THE HIGHER MEN!" he cried out, and his countenance changed into brass. "Well! THAT—hath had its time! My ...
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Cosmology - What are the problems with the theory of Eternal Return?

I have been thinking of Niestzche's Eternal return theory and how it could be possible that everything we do and our entire history and the universe will be repeated exactly the same again, and again ...
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Interpretation of Nietzsche's “We have art in order not to die of the truth.”

Can someone please shed some light on the following quote given by German Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche:- We have art in order not to die of the truth. As far as I can comprehend, he wants to ...
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Do Nietzsche's values justify some actions?

Do Nietzsche's values justify some actions? I'm asking because if so then my entirely trivial, or at least unfocused, appropriation of his ideas can be easily made more elegant, or at least more ...
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What did Adorno think of Nietzsche's critique of morality?

What did Adorno think of Nietzsche's critique of morality? I've not read much of either. But seems a bit like Adorno's theory of modernist art, however influenced by Nietzsche, wants to be moral, is ...
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Did Nietzsche say that Dostoevsky “cried truth [from the blood]”?

Did Nietzsche say that Dostoevsky "cried truth [from the blood]"? He praised Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground (1864) for having “cried truth from the blood.” The Handy Philosophy Answer ...
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What is the relation between slave morality and free spirit in Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality?

Considering the discussion on free-spirit by creating its own value system, how Nietzsche relate "free-spirit" and "slave morality"(its depth and its evilness)?
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In which book Nietzsche says “es denkt in mir”?

I'm watching an online class on YouTube about Nietzsche, and there was this phrase. In which book Nietzsche says "es denkt in mir"?
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Nietzsche’s despising of the herd

A question that I haven’t been able to answer: Nietzsche despised the herd and mentioned in many essays that we must reevaluate our ethics and the set of moralities Christianity has provided us (not ...
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Nietzsche challenging traditional morality

What exactly are the challenges to morality Nietzsche presents in the Genealogy of Morality? Is there a specific philosopher Nietzsche is responding to (like Kant, Aristotle, Plato, or Hobbes)? And is ...
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Nietzche quoting Descartes… without source

In the Will to Power Nietzche quotes Descartes omne illud verum est, quod clare et distincte percipitur However I cannot find the quoted source. Can anyone identify it?
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What are Nietzsche's basic views on morality?

Can someone give me a cue for Nietzsche's views on morality? I'm sorry, I haven't read any of his works completely yet, but 'Beyond Good and Evil', and his Darwinian context make me curious.
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Is Nietzsche's “new infinite” a value?

Our new "infinite." - How far the perspective character of existence extends or indeed whether existence has any other character than this; whether existence without interpretation, without "sense,...
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Could a solution to 'the ubermensch' be the redemtion of pain? [closed]

Could a solution to 'the ubermensch' be the redemption of pain? An individual person whose pain is redeemed by their great work / character / happiness? Who, if anyone, in commentary, says this? Would ...
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What are the better arguments against Nietzsche's sovereign individual being a real ideal?

What are the better arguments against Nietzsche's sovereign individual being a real ideal? Apparently there is a "burgeoning" school of thought, falling under the term "revisionism", which says that ...
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Is Brian Leiter considered credible in Nietzschean scholarship?

Currently I'm writing a paper whose aim is to make comparative analysis of two ethical visions: that of Friedrich Nietzsche and that of Keiji Nishitani (Kyoto School associate). Early on, I made a ...
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In German, to which of Nietzsche's books does the abbreviation “GA” refer to?

I'm reading an academic article in German about Nietzsche and I really need to check the texts the author refers to, however I have no clue what "GA" refers to, even after checking the list of German ...
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I and me are always too deep in conversation - Friedrich Nietzsche. What exactly does it mean?

So I have been reading a lot of Nietzsche because in my opinion he has a rather interesting view on certain things. One of the things I came across which I do not understand is his quote 'I and me ...
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Critique of Nietzsche's 'Ressentiment'?

I know roughly what Nietzsche conceives 'ressentiment' to be, basically the inability to react to (and hence festering of) the feeling of being oppressed and powerless over a long time. Does anyone ...
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Heraclitus and Nietzsche

Is there any work of Heraclitus (Ephesus) beyond the aphorisms? and what is the relationship between his philosophy and that of Nietzsche? Sorry about my english.
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What is the meaning of the sentence from Thus Spake Zarathustra?

Can anyone tell me the meaning of the sentence in the following passage? "And what doeth the saint in the forest?" asked Zarathustra. The saint answered: "I make hymns and sing them; and in ...
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Nietzsche: Does visual art reaffirm life?

In the Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche states that life is justified through artistic creativity. He analyses the ancient Greek tragedies to further elaborate on his point. My question is: would his ...
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Nietzsche on European Buddhism

What does Nietzsche mean, in the Genealogy of Morals, when he refers to European Buddhism? Did he think Europeans misunderstood Buddhism?
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What evidence is there for Nietzsche's division of people into higher and lower types?

What evidence is there that there are two types of people, specifically an elite higher type? Did Nietzsche have authentic reasons to suppose that?
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Has anyone claimed that any eternal return is not for and to me, because “a perfect repletion is the same”?

Has anyone claimed that any eternal return is not for and to me, because "a perfect repletion is the same"? I use quotes cos it's something a friend said, and I reckon that (if their original ...
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Has Oswald Spengler ever been married or in a relationship with a woman and how did this influence his philosophical views? [closed]

I am asking this question in order to find out how a relationship or the absence thereof has influenced his philosophy and writings. He has been heavily influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche who has never ...