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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 does this quote of Nietzsche from Thus Spoke Zarathustra mean? Is my analysis right or wrong, and why?

Behind your thoughts and feelings, my brother, there stands a mighty ruler, an unknown sage-whose name is self. In your body he dwells; he is your body. There is more reason in your body than in your ...
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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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Bad word choice in Nietzsche's "One thing is needful"?

The following aphorism from The Gay Science has long been one of my favorites: One thing is needful. – To 'give style' to one's character – a great and rare art! It is practiced by those who survey ...
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Difference between soul and spirit

Just started reading Nietzsche's "The Gay Science" the following made me wonder, what did he mean by "philosophers being less able to separate soul and spirit"? What is (for him?) the difference ...
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Is it fair to characterise Nietszche as a reformer of Christianity, rather than a destroyer?

I've just finished reading Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ, and I was struck by his sincere admiration for Christ. He calls him 'the only Christian'. Is it fair then to describe him as a ...
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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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What is the vocabular meaning of "Will to power"?

What exactly is the vocabular meaning of "Will to power", as Nietzsche meant it? I think it means: Will: Noun, meaning desire, drive, desire, wish, determination. To: infinitive marker, indicating ...
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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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How does Nietzsche's last man refuse life?

The way Nietzsche talks about the last man suggests that they are concerned with making life more bearable, and not much else. A little poison now and then: that makes for pleasant dreams. And much ...
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What is science in the 'gay science'?

First, I haven't read the book; but have come across some excerpts in one of Foucaults essays. It occurs to me that given Nietszches famous antipathy to Christianity, and that Adam/Eve were evicted ...
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Why does Nietsche talk about the genealogy as opposed to the history of morality?

Is there a particular reason why Nietzsche chose the word genealogy as opposed to history for his book 'the genealogy of morality'? Is it simply Nietsche literary style or is their a deeper reason?
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Can we ask for justification of someone that mistreats us, even if we are Nietzschean?

Can we ask for justification of someone that mistreats us, even if we are Nietzschean? I do not want to engage in ressentiment, but "why" is a question I seem unable to let go of. Normally ...
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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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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 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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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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What is the "old religious formula" Nietzsche refers to?

to employ once more an old religious formula with a new and deeper meaning--it is some fundamental certainty which a noble soul has about itself, something which is not to be sought, is not to be ...
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Why does Nietzsche mock the "friends of intrinsic morality"?

In Nietzsche's The Gay Science, §8 deals with that he calls "unconscious virtues": Unconscious virtues. — All qualities of a person of which he is conscious — and especially those he supposes to be ...
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Need help interpreting chapter 9 from the first essay of the Genealogy of Morals

In this chapter Nietzsche says: It is the church that repulses us, not its poison - apart from the Church we like the poison. I am under the impression that "us" refers to the freethinker. ...
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Hegelian dialectic to transcend Stoic vs Nietzsche?

I would like to apply Hegel's dialectic to the following thesis/antithesis and that you help me find sublimating synthesis ideas. Here is the thesis: "to live a happy life, you must accept your ...
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Quote from Nietzsche on modernity and culture

I can't find a passage from one of Nietzsche's book (Thus Spoke Zarathustra?) about its opinion on modernity (the age he was contemporean of) and culture. As far as I recall, the idea was that his ...
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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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Did Nietzsche plagiarize Stirner?

There has been some fuss about the main ideas of Nietzsche's philosophy and Stirner's main work The Ego and Its Own even if Nietzsche usually attributes to Schopenhauer the main influence of his work. ...
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Christian Ethics (more specifically, Aquinas on altruism)

I would like to point out that I am not knowledgeable in the Christian religion (or any religion for that matter), so excuse me if I say anything that reveals my ignorance. Of course, Nietzsche was ...
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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 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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How does Martin Heidegger want us to react to anxiety?

Introduction: After the world of das Man loses its significance and becomes meaningless, one falls in anxiety and he's able to embrace other possibilities. But this anxiety is converted automatically ...
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Does Nietzsche say, and mean, that all life is unavoidably tragic?

Does Nietzsche say, and mean, that all life is unavoidably tragic? All I know, right now, is that he had a book The Birth of Tragedy, about theater I think. And, I think, that all life is a struggle ...
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What is Nietzsche's madman to his Overman?

The parable of the madman, says: At last he threw his lantern on the ground, and it broke into pieces and went out. "I have come too early," he said then; "my time is not yet. This tremendous ...
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How does master morality damage the herd?

Does Nietzsche ever suggest that "master morality" is irrevocably damaging to the herd, that it can seduce them? And in what sense would that matter, either for the herd, the individual beast, or ...
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Which contemporary philosophers explicitly engage with Nietzsche's statement that "God is dead"?

Which contemporary theorists, especially of art or poetry, explicitly and deliberately engage with Nietzsche's statement that "God is dead"? Obviously Nietzsche has had a huge influence on post / ...
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What separates the middle works of Nietzsche from his later works?

I was reading Ruth Abbey, who writes: “the commonplace view that Nietzsche holds drives like pity, empathy, and sympathy in contempt is thrown into question by a careful study of the middle period’...
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Strong man of "ressentiment" and the ambiguity of Strength

I am new to the field of philosophy and am trying presently to read and understand Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals. In the first essay, he talks about the popular morality and ressentiment; Which I ...
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Was 'life' inherently/objectively good in Nietzsche's philosophy? How to overcome Nihilism?

I understand that after Nietzsche got rid of objective morality in his philosophical process, he went ahead and claimed that even though there is no objective morality that his personal philosophy ...
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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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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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What are some answers besides besides Mallarmé to Nietzsche's 'who is speaking?'

Nietzsche in what can be considered a critique of Cartesian reasoning at one point uses the identity of a flash with the lightning that 'produced it as a metaphor for famously saying that there's no ...
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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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How far does Nietzsche's skepticism of causality go?

On page 21 of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, I found the following quote: Suppose someone sees through the boorish naivete of this famous concept of "free will" and manages to get it out of his ...
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Was Nietzsche influenced by the works of the Marquis de Sade?

The works of the Marquis de Sade were suppressed by the mid-19th century, but were floating around Europe in samizdat form until the mid-20th century, when they were published and circulated above ...
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Joy accompanies, joy does not move

In Will to Power, Nietzsche wrote that joy accompanies, joy does not move This claim strikes me as false. Behind this seems to be the idea that power rather happiness motivates us. But I think ...
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Must infinity involve repetitions?

Infinity for Nietzsche in at least one line of argument involves the eternal return; he refers to it in the Die fröhliche Wissenschaft and Also sprach Zarathustra; most completely in his Notes on the ...
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What does Nietzsche mean in this quote from The Gay Science?

I struggle to interpret this quote from Chapter 1, Book 1 of The Gay Science. If someone could explain what he is trying to say (especially with the first part), it would be much appreciated. To ...
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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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Why do some philosophers write in numbered paragraphs?

Hegel, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Anscombe all write mostly in numbered paragraphs. (Of course Hegel and Nietzsche have chapters. And many of Hegel's lectures aren't written in this way, but both ...
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Is there any influence from Hegels Master-Slave dialectic towards Nietzsches Master & Slave morality, or oppositely?

Hegel discusses the parable of the slave & master in his Phenomenology of Spirit. In the form of a hegelian dialectic, this takes the form thesis=slave, antithesis=master and synthesis=equals. ...
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Nietzsche and What he got wrong about evolution?

It is known that Nietzsche rejected the clause of the "natural selection" and "survival of the fittest" in the theory of evolution as not as much was confirmed about the theory during his time and it ...
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(1) Who was Nietzsche quoting in this passage, and (2) what is it saying?

This is a quotation from section 18 of First division: First and Last Things in Nietzsches Human, All Too Human: When the history of the rise of thought comes to be written, a new light will be ...
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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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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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