Represents a selection from Nietzche's notebooks to find out what he wrote on nihilism, art, morality, religion, and the theory of knowledge, among others.
This one extract says far more than all of the books by the modern 'philosophers' and 'psychologists' put together do about the nature of what we are still blindly staring in the face...
37 (Spring - Fall 1887)
"The development of pessimism into nihilism. - Denaturalisation of values. Scholasticism of values. Detached and idealistic, values, instead of dominating and guiding action, turn against action and condemn it. Opposites replace natural degrees and ranks. Hatred against the order of rank. Opposites suit a plebeian age because easier to comprehend. The repudiated world versus an artificially built "true, valuable" one. - Finally: one discovers of what material one has built the "true world": and now all one has left is the repudiated world, and one adds this supreme disappointment to the reasons why it deserves to be repudiated. At this point nihilism is reached: all one has left are the values that pass judgement - nothing else.
"Here the problem of strength and weakness originates:
1. The weak perish of it.
2. Those who are stronger destroy what does not perish.
3. Those who are strongest overcome the values that pass judgement.
"In sum this constitutes the tragic age."
If you have read all of Nietzsche's completed works you should have a good idea of the full compass of his thinking, and a good feel for his unique ability to express himself.
I believe Nietzsche was a genius and I don't use that lightly. He's a master at I believe the human condition and discovering why people do what they do. Psycho-Analysis begins here.
He didn't advocate Socialism, Democracy, Communism, he didn't like the state of Germany which was the building ground to Nazism and anti-semitism.
I think the more you educate yourself the more you will appreciate his work. When I first read his work (he was one of the first philosophers I read)... he seemed ruthless and harsh. I know some will disagree with me but I think the more you understand economics and libertarian thought the more you'll like and understand him.
Many things which he attacks so do "TRUE" libertarians,not the watered down ones. From the state, to egalitarianism,socialsm,utilitarianism, despotism, and democracy( which can degenerate to mob rule...which actually has happened)for some reason when people think of democracy they think freedom....but it's not. India's a democracy and it's poor as hell because they have no freedom. It can exploite just like anything else....Read more ›
Now--I can't comment on whether Nietzsche himself was an anti-semite, or intellectual father of German National Socialism, or if he was mean to his cats. I don't know, and really couldn't care. Nor am I delusional enough to say "This is what Nietzsche really was thinking when he said X." In fact, I couldn't care less that this "book" wasn't "written" by Nietzche, but instead was culled together and translated by Walter Kaufman, who tried to separate out some of the [...] manipulated by the loving (sic) sister. No, I love this book because of the ideas in it, just as they are written.
This book is not a ripping good yarn, like "Gone with the Wind." This book reads like Hegal's "Philosophy of Right," in that it posits an idea, then has several corollaries to that idea, and then several conclusions based on that idea, all following a process. To get this books flavor, run the "search inside" function on "Nihilism," and begin reading at page 5.
I'm good at underling parts of sentences, so I can quickly go back, skim only the underlined parts, and keep the continuity moving. That helped me stay focused, and build on each new part. So what--Nobody else is going to care what I do to my books.Read more ›