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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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Friedrich Nietzsche - On the Genealogy of Morals - Slave Morality Imposition

Nietzsche says there is no being behind the doing and I agree with this idea. He also says the weak separated the doing from the being in order to condemn the strong for using theirs strength. My ...
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What sort of creativity do Nietzsche's higher men have?

The canonical example of a higher man is Goethe. How would his art have been better if he had appeared after Nietzsche? I assume it would entail something dionysian, perhaps a means of ...
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Eternal Return as palliative care for the weak [closed]

Long ago in a forum I found an opinion that Nietzsche concocted the idea of Eternal Return as palliative care for the weak — that it is a soothing notion that there could be endless opportunities to ...
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Nietzsche's perspective in Philosophy of Art

What is the meaning of the pair Apollonian and Dionysian in Nietzsche's philosophy of art? In which work does Nietzsche expand his view?
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how ancient is Nietzsche's ancient humanity?

Nietzsche writes, in The Genealogy of Morals (Treatise I, Ch. 6): Incidentally, people should be warned not to begin by taking these ideas of “pure” and “impure” too seriously, too broadly, or even ...
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Does Nietzsche make distinctions between men and women regarding human duties?

If Nietzsche is writing about humans, is he really writing about men or doesn't he make the distinction? The way I came up with the question is complicated, but specifically I was thinking about the ...
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There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Are these words of Shakespeare,inspired by Marcus Aurelius, true?

This question is not about ethics. It is about our perceptions of positive and negative value. I take the original meaning of the great emperor to be that we have control only of our own thinking, and ...
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Nietzsche's model of sociality in the ubermensch

As I understand it, Fredrich Nietzsche-- at least in the latest works he had scribed before his death-- was neither an advocate of antisocial nor prosocial passions. How he professes this position is ...
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Which philosophers have contradicted Nietzsche?

These days I'm becoming tired of the recurrent introduction of Friedrich Nietzsche as the epitome of the philosophical genius, the revolutionary whose ideas have never been as relevant as now and the ...
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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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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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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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When Russell refers to "the morality of slaves" in In Praise of Idleness is he referencing Nietzsche?

In Praise of Idleness features the line "The morality of work is the morality of slaves, and the modern world has no need of slavery." It also later references "the morality of the Slave State". Is ...
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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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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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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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Heidegger's origin of the work of art and Nietzsche's Dionysian vs. Apollonian forces in art

In "Origin of the Work of Art" ( der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes), Heidegger talks about a piece of art as something that is both world and earth. These two are in a constant battle, in which they drive ...
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How would Nietzsche argue against classical theism?

Completely out of curiosity, how would someone like Nietzsche, let's use him as an example, argue against Aquinas's metaphysical argument for classical theism. I can't seem to find any references in ...
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Is transvaluation supposed to be some sort of intuitive aesthetic judgment akin to moral ones

Is transvaluation supposed to be some sort of intuitive aesthetic judgment akin to moral ones, and can someone be mistaken in their judgments of value? In what sense then is transvaluation not ...
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Was Nietzsche a strong proponent of machoism and traditional masculinity?

Was Nietzsche a strong proponent of machoism and traditional masculinity? Some quotes from Nietzsche on those matters: "With the growing indulgence of love matches, the very foundation of ...
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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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"Ordering of rank" in the Will to Power 287 of Nietzsche

My philosophy aims at an ordering of rank: not at individualistic morality Quoted here on ask a philosopher, in a reply by Martin Jenkins, who seems to take this as highly conclusively, at least ...
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Why was Nietzsche misunderstood?

Why was Nietzsche misunderstood? Philosophy isn't necessarily easy to understand, but with e.g. the nazis, was it a malicious misreading of him that set germany on the road to extreme fascism? Is 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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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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Has anyone made a good defence of Nietzsche's nihilism being available to Christians?

I've read, in the mainstream press, suggestions that Christians have a lot to learn from Nietzsche. Is there any reason to think that his corpus is dedicated to improving, rather than destroying, ...
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Does Western-Europe still espouse Slave Morality?

Nietschze criticised Christianity for espousing slave morality. How true is this? Given that Christianity became the religion of the ruling classes, isn't it more correct to say that slave morality is ...
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what are some examples of a monster (nietzsche monster and the abyss)

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." (Beyond Good and Evil, 146)
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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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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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Can Nietzsche's overman be thought of as a centripetal force?

Can Nietzsche's overman be thought of as a centripetal force? Centripetal is an adjective describing a force that brings things toward the center, not unlike the force of a black hole. ...
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Did Nietzsche say "Wherever is the crowd is a common denominator of stench"?

I found very few occurrences of that quote attributed to Nietzsche: "Wherever is the crowd is a common denominator of stench". I suspect this to be an Internet false positive, namely a false quote, ...
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Is the following a quote from Nietzsche?

Hello everyone on PhilStackexchange, I am just requesting source for a line I heard from a friend who alleges that it is from Nietzsche. The line goes like 'he who leaves me is my true follower', and ...
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What does Nietzsche mean by the intellectual costs that "For" and "Against" incur?

In the preface of Human, All Too Human Nietzsche talks about control over one's For and Against. He mentions this after stating that the free spirit is able to become a master over virtues and uses ...
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The man who wants to die

This is a phrase I stumbled across in Deleuze work on Nietzsche, but I don't know of where it appears in the latter's work. e.g. the distinction between the last man and the man who wants to die ...
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Did Nietzsche cite anywhere in his writings Plato's Gorgias regarding Callicles?

Nietzsche's theory has many similarities with Callicles thought in Plato's Gorgias (Nietzsche and Callicles on Happiness, Pleasure, and Power). However, he did not explicitely mention Callicles in his ...
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One is punished most for ones virtue - Nietszche?

What does Nietzsche mean by this in his polemic novella BGE? To me, I interpret it as: The higher the virtues one aims at, the greater these virtues act as a judge on one's behavior, resulting in both ...
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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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Nietzsche - Fictions effectiveness

According to my philosophy teacher, Nietzsche says there is no one true, objective reality but plenty of fictions and those that are more effective are the ones that persist. My teacher argues that ...
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Why, according to Nietzsche, is becoming a monster by fighting to overthrow monsters a bad thing? [duplicate]

Nietzsche states: Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. Source: ...
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Is Nietzsche saying here that agnostics admire the unintelligible?

I need help understanding the last two paragraphs of the 25th section, third essay, which is provided below from the free link: http://home.sandiego.edu/~janderso/360/genealogy3.htm Similarly who ...
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Nietzsche - crime, sin and punishments

Deleuze in Nietzsche and Philosophy wrote: In comparison with Christianity the Greeks are children. Their way of depreciating existence, their 'nihilism', does not have the perfection of the ...
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Nietzsche, Christ & Christianity

In the Twilight of the Idols, Nietzsche buries Christianity but praises Christ - calling him the only Christian. Is he calling him a Christian in the tautological sense in being the founding figure ...
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What amount of egoism is natural, even necessary, even moral? [closed]

In his second theorem in the Critique of Practical Reason, Kant states that a rational being's consciousness of the agreeableness of life accompanying his whole existence is happiness, and the ...
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How does fight club counter Nietzsche? [closed]

So it seems obvious to me the fight club critiques nietzsches school of thought. However, since it is a work of art I worry I may have missed all the points it makes. Can someone enlist them? The ...
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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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Nietzsche on religion

Nietzsche I'm told wasn't interested with the metaphysical truth of christianity being convinced it is obviously untrue and was more interested in its social effects. But what were those reasons in ...
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Does Nietzsche commit the genetic fallacy?

Why does Nietzsche not commit the genetic fallacy, in his genealogy of morals? There's at least a handful of articles on this, which I didn't yet read; I make here my 1st port of call.
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Was Nietzsche the first philosopher to really lay claim to 'transvaluation'?

Was Nietzsche the first philosopher to really lay claim to the concept of "transvaluation", by which I mean the re-evaluation of all values? Who if anyone before him made that such a deliberate and ...
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Surely Nietzsche would say that history is the judge of greatness?

Would Nietzsche would say that history is the judge of greatness, in the sense that his "higher types" have power over its course, and narrative considered as a whole? That should be clear and ...
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