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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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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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Did Nietzsche read Kierkegaard?

Kierkegaard and Nietzsche are often treated together as early existentialists. This is rather odd, as Kierkegaard was self-consciously seeking to be an orthodox Christian, and Nietzsche was self-...
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Why does Nietzsche blame all sufferers themselves for their suffering?

A novice, I do not feel prepared yet to read Nietzsche; but please tell me if his primary sources answer my question. Source: p 98, Philosophy ; A Very Short Introduction (2002) by Edward Craig. The ...
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Did Nietzsche actually say or write, “Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.”

The quote, "Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed" is, at least on the Internet, often attributed to Nietzsche, e.g., goodreads, Simple ...
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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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Irony in Friedrich Nietzsche?

Wikipedia defines verbal irony as a statement in which the meaning that a speaker employs is sharply different from the meaning that is ostensibly expressed. The ironic statement usually ...
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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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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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Does the philosophy of “be yourself” come from the Nietzsche's philosophy?

I've recently watched the documentary about Nietzsche's life and philosophy Nietzsche: Beyond good and evil and I got that one of the main ideas in his philosophy is that people should spend their ...
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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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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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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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Arguments against eternal return

I have encountered the concept of eternal return e.g. in reading about Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) and Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 BC). This is one formulation from Nietzsche's The Will To Power:...
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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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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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How does Nietzsche reconcile his idea of eternal recurrence with the rest of his philosophy?

I'm having a hard time grasping Nietzsche's idea of eternal recurrence, as I do not understand the relationship between the idea of eternal recurrence and the rest of his philosophy. (e.g. the concept ...
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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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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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Why does Nietzsche “love those that know not how to live”?

It is rather sad, but I read this section in Thus Spoke Zarathustra so many times. Both because I like the concept "arrows of longing" (for the overman), and find the phrase therein about also going ...
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Why Freud and Nietzsche works are often compared?

I heard many times¹ Freud and Nietzsche named together, but I personally fail to understand a deep and detailed analogy between the two, beside the fact that both were revolutionary in their work, ...
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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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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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Why is Nietzsche so against Socrates?

Nietzsche recalls the story that Socrates says that 'he has been a long time sick', meaning that life itself is a sickness; Nietszche accuses him of being a sick man, a man against the instincts of ...
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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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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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Who are the new philosophers Nietzsche is referring to ?

From Beyond Good and Evil : "For that we have to await the advent of a new species of philosophers, ones whose taste and inclination are somehow different and the reverse of those hitherto—...
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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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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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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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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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Will to power: why doesn't it work sometimes?

I'm reading Nietzsche and he had this interesting idea that all lives tend to expand their influence on the world as much as possible. And for human beings, that means seeking to start a family, or to ...
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Why did Nietzsche believe that atomism was well-refuted?

Here are a couple of quotes from Beyond Good and Evil: As far as materialistic atomism goes: this is one of the most well-refuted things in existence. In Europe these days, nobody in the scholarly ...
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Where did Nietzsche tell the story of the Master and His Emissary?

In Iain McGilchrist's The Master and His Emissary, McGilchrist explains the title of the book with reference to a tale told by Nietzsche. McGilchrist's summary of the tale begins: 'There was once a ...
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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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What did Nietzsche and Marx think of each other?

Nietzsche (1844-1900) and Marx (1818-1883) weren't quite contemporaries, but both were prominent and influential German thinkers, and one might expect that they have at least heard of each other. Marx ...
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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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What does Nietzsche mean by “blond beast?”

This may be too much to ask but can someone explain what "blond beast" means in Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals. I tried reading it from a couple of other sources but got confused.
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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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, it is precisely facts that do not exist, only interpretations… As translated in The Portable Nietzsche (1954) by Walter Kaufmann, p. 458

I came across this philosophical thought. There are no facts, only interpretations written by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). I tried to understand it but cannot get a satisfying answer. What ...
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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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