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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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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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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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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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What does this Zarathustra's sentence mean?

I started reading the most famous work of Nietzsche's, and then on the first chapter after the prologue, thus spoke Zarathustra: Or is it this: wading into dirty water when it is the water of truth,...
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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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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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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: ...
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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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What does Nietzsche mean by “there are no facts, only interpretations”?

I came across this philosophical thought. There are no facts, only interpretations written by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). As translated from Notebooks, Summer 1886 – Fall 1887, in The Portable ...
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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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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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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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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 was Nietzsche's Position on Darwin and his theory of Evolution by Natural Selection?

I will preface this question by saying I have not read Nietzsche extensively. The one exception is his 'Genealogy of Morals', a recent read of mine, twice actually. I always assumed Nietzsche's ...
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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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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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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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Existentialism and the absensce of free will

One of the most famous doctrines of existentialism formulated by Jean Paul Sartre is that we are absolutely free. Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible ...
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What did Nietzsche mean by the words “ philosophizing with a hammer”?

What does Nietzsche mean by the words ' philosophizing with a hammer"?
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Thus spoke Zarathustra, “Even the wisest among you is only a conflict and mix of plant and ghost”

My scope is mathematical philosophy and, generally, epistemology. Hence, Nietzsche's style is quite alien to me, and I started reading his book "Thus Spoke Zarathustra". I am trying to decipher this: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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According to Nietzsche nature is “extravagant” and “unfair”. How did he come to this conclusion?

I am reading beyond good and evil and Nietzsche critics the core of Stoic philosophy. That "we must live according to nature". He then proceeds to doubt the idea that nature is wise, fair ...
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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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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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According to Nietzsche, does “slave morality” work for his “slaves”?

According to Nietzsche, does "slave morality" work for his "slaves"? I am trying to work out some sort of consistency to why his genealogy / criticism of morality means morality is ...
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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 do you call a non-philosophical opinion given by a philosopher?

What do you call a non-philosophical opinion given by a philosopher? Nietzsche wrote a lot of critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, but a lot of it is ...
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Why is Nietzsche more frequently associated with Nazis than Hegel is?

Most introductory texts or lectures of Nietzsche mention the connection between his thought and Nazi ideology (supposedly due to his sister's promoting his thought as being pro-Nazi). But Nazis don't ...
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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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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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What does “You go to women? Do not forget the whip!” mean?

As an Iranian citizen I have read most Nietzsche's books which have been translated in Persian/Farsi language as my mother tongue. There are still debates between translators,philosophers and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Was Nietzsche making fun of the military mindset when he said “That which does not kill me, makes me stronger”?

A friend of mine told me that he interpreted this quote as mocking the military mindset, and that it should not be taken as indicative of what Nietzsche actually thought, so I looked it up in context, ...
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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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