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What did Nietzsche and Marx think of each other?

Nietzsche mocked German idealists at length, but I think calling him a materialist is a bridge too far, same as for all his anti-Christianity it is not clear that he was an atheist. He inherited his ...
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What are some theories attacking postmodernism preserving objective truth and morality without assuming a God?

Short Answer How can one argue against postmodernism for objective truth and morality without assuming a God? Post-modernist claims of pure subjectivism are largely hype. It's has been joked that a ...
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Are there arguments against Nietzsche's master morality?

I think there's two things to consider here. Before that, I'll just mention that as far as I understand Nietzsche "master-morality" is not all chosen over slave-morality based on a utilitarian ...
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Does Nietzsche's rejection of Socrates mean that he is a relativist about ethics?

I believe the Nietzsche's passage referred to is this one: "Socrates' decadence is suggested not only by the admitted wantonness and anarchy of his instincts, but also by the hypertrophy of the ...
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What does Nietzsche refer to with the "backworldsmen"?

I answer with the authority of being a native German speaker and having graduated in philosophy ;) Back-world is a bad translation here. Presumably, the translator has mistaken the term "...
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What does Nietzsche mean by "blond beast?"

The "blond beast" is (probably) an actual lion This answer is based on my readings of Nietzsche translated into English, since I do not speak German. My analysis therefore relies on the ...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

It's also important to remember that Nietzche's father was an ultra religious Christian and he would have no doubt been well familiar with Jesus' words from https://biblehub.com/matthew/26-52.htm "...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

It has to be read as poetic language. It's evocative, unsettling, and striking, rather than explicit. Fighting monsters making a hero monstrous is not an uncommon trope, for instance it can be found ...
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Did Friedrich Nietzsche believe in "the truth"?

There is a lot of room for flexibility in interpreting Nietzsche, and unfortunately I do not find him offering anywhere a single, positive characterization of truth and its status. However, I would ...
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What did Nietzsche mean by the words " philosophizing with a hammer"?

I believe he uses the phrase "philosophizing with a hammer" to illustrate the process of checking whether idols are 'sound' or 'hallow', whether they are deserving of their status as an idol,...
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Can a beginner in Philosophy understand the following books?

It's arguably not possible to "fully" understand any great work of philosophy. In the Platonic tradition, in fact, the general assumption is that you are being pointed in the direction of things that ...
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Why does Nietzsche call Plato a bore?

Nietzsche writes in the second aphorism from the section What I Owe to the Ancients of his work Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer (1888): I am a complete skeptic about ...
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What is "the Nietzschean criterion" in Camus' "The Myth of Sisyphus"?

The allusion to the expression "the Nietzschean criterion" is, I think, merely internal to the present text (The Myth of Sisyphus). It is not something we the readers are supposed to know if ...
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Nietzche quoting Descartes... without source

Descartes' Meditations (1641), III.2 : illud omne esse verum, quòd valde clare & distincte percipio. John Veitch English translation of 1901 : all that is very clearly and distinctly ...
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Nietzsche’s despising of the herd

The problem Nietzsche has with herd mentality is that it is unexamined. If one has examined ones own morality alongside the moral virtues of the herd, concluding that those herd moralities best suit ...
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What are some theories attacking postmodernism preserving objective truth and morality without assuming a God?

To summarize an answer that became lengthier than I first intended: The woke and the fascists are both trying to bring about societal change away from the status quo as they see it. In that regard, ...
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What does this quote of Nietzsche mean?

See Twilight of the Idols, or How One Philosophizes with a Hammer (Götzen-Dämmerung, oder Wie man mit dem Hammer philosophiert, August-September 1888) : The Probelm of Socrates : "The wisest men in ...
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Is Plato's Callicles an example of Nietzsche's Übermensch? Is the Epicurean hedonist?

Well, in some ways Callicles comes close. One easily recognizes some of the key themes of Nietzsche's master morality there: the strong dominate the weak by nature, laws protecting the weak are unfair ...
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Did Nietszche say "all human institutions are intended to prevent mankind from feeling their life"?

The answer to the title question is: Yes (kind of)! Well, I'd translate differently. Actually, the "quote" in that book is a very loose paraphrase: The original in German from his Untimely ...
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Which of Nietzsche writing would be a good introduction to his work?

I would argue that book 1 of Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a pretty good place to start. It's a little overly allegorical and rhetorical but that is part of Nietzsche's style and appropriate for an ...
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Was Nietzsche making fun of the military mindset when he said "That which does not kill me, makes me stronger"?

"Out of life's school of war, what does not destroy me makes me stronger." -Maxim 8, Twilight of the Idols In the Preface section at the beginning of Twilight of the Idols, Neitchze opens by ...
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Can a beginner in Philosophy understand the following books?

Pythagoras the basis of philosophy? No way. For one thing, nothing he wrote has survived, and the stories his followers told are clouded by myths and legends. In terms of actual ideas, Pythagoras may ...
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What are some good books about existential philosophy?

Unfortunately, I haven't found too many existentialist works with a nuts-and-bolts focus, so my recommended reading list is really short -- two books in fact. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor ...
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Nietzsche's Death of God: Why Zarathustra?

Nietzsche himself talks about it in his auto-biography "Ecce Homo". He chose Zarathustra because he saw the real Zarathustra (Zoroaster) as being the first one to establish the moral system which ...
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Bad word choice in Nietzsche's "One thing is needful"?

One thing to always keep in mind: Nietzsche wrote in German. And referring to translations without double-checking (with the original language, if possible!) is always problematic. The original lines ...
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What does this quote of Nietzsche mean?

Nietzsche is talking about decadence, i.e., any approach to life, such as Christian morality, that leads to the decay rather than the flourishing of human beings. At the same time, he is commenting on ...
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Why is Nietzsche more frequently associated with Nazis than Hegel is?

The actual answer rests with the words of Adolf Hitler himself. Hitler openly declared his hostility against Hegel, and Hitler openly declared that Nietzsche was his favorite philosopher. (See ...
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