Christinethe narrator of the novel Dead Romance thinks like this when she's dismissing one of her friend's uber-depressing, Wangsty poetry:
Nietzsche, Freud and the Thrust Toward Modernism 1 Where you see ideal things, I see what is -- human, alas, all-too-human. I know man better. In the lengthy history of the western intellectual tradition there have been thinkers who stand apart from the rest.
Their power of mind, their insights and profound sensibility have made their lives and ideas a powerful record of man's attempt to explain the inexplicable. These great thinkers have not always been philosophers.
Great ideas appear from the minds of individuals who have demonstrated courage -- individuals who dare to know. A man like Socrates -- a wise man -- was one such individual.
He forced his students to question the foundations of their own knowledge. Borrowing as he did from the Delphic Oracle, Socrates' motto was "Know thyself.
Above all, examine your life, for "the unexamined life is not worth living. What we find are individuals who are willing to raise questions -- individuals motivated by notions of the good life, or the best form of government or of human goodness, or the meaning of being and non-being.
In retrospect, and despite their differences, obsessions and personal quirks, these thinkers, I would like to suggest, inevitably fall into a single category. Cartesian, Romantic, philosophe, Marxist, scientific revolutionary, psychiatrist or Thomistic logician, these individuals all exhibit a singular faith in Human Reason.
A faith in the power of mind. They are all, in one way or another, optimists. Even Jean Jacques Rousseauthat most enigmatic of the 18th century philosophes, occasionally shed his pessimism to become a philosopher of growth.
Rousseau is an oddball -- but only in relation to his own time.
These intellects, these giants, when taken together, constitute the western tradition. A celebration of Reason -- a faith in human thought -- a mentality in all essentials forward looking and flowing from Reason.
Despite their differences, they form a coterie of intellectuals remarkably similar if not in their ideas, at least in their spirit. The language is strange and unfamiliar. What is Nietzsche talking about?
Enough, I am still alive; and life has not been devised by morality: Here I am, beginning again, doing what I have always done, the old immoralist and birdcatcher, I am speaking immorally, extra-morally, "beyond good and evil. He is also the least understood and the most frequently misunderstood philosopher to have written in the western intellectual tradition during the past century.
In fact, it is at times difficult to pin Nietzsche down, to pigeon-hole him. The difficulty comes, perhaps, from Nietzsche's own distaste of being pigeon-holed. But Nietzsche is different -- vastly different. He was a unique thinker -- unique in his approach, unique in the substance of what it was he was trying to say and above all, unique in the way he stated his thought.
He is not easy to classify. For instance, he was not a nihilist. He said man could rise above nihilism. He was not a Romantic. He was not an Existentialist. However, given all this, Nietzsche both combines these various states of mind while at the same time he destroys them.
Nietzsche is what we call a "problem thinker. The difficulty in reading or appreciating the intellectual vigor of Nietzsche stems from both the external structure of his writings and from the internal process of his philosophical reflection.
Nearly without exception, Nietzsche's ideas are not expressed in systematic treatises or essays but in random and isolated affirmations and aphorisms. A few examples here should suffice: One must have a good memory to keep the promises one makes. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
The masters have been done away with; the morality of the common man has triumphed. Two great European narcotics:Hitler Myths. Originated: 29 May Additions: 29 Sep. The following provides a brief explanation for some of the most common misconceptions about Adolf Hitler. Friedrich Nietzsche (–) was a German philosopher and cultural critic who published intensively in the s and s.
He is famous for uncompromising criticisms of traditional European morality and religion, as well as of conventional philosophical ideas and social and political pieties associated with modernity.
Dec 01, · Friedrich Nietzche "Morality as Anti-Nature" Morality as Anti-Nature Summary. Nietzsche expresses his philosophical views on the concept of morality, Nietzsche’s essay Morality as Anti-Nature comes from his book Twilight of the Idols.
Lecture 2: Nietzsche, Freud and the Thrust Toward Modernism (1) Where you see ideal things, I see what is -- human, alas, all-too-human. I know man better.
ideals of science and religion one can look at the lives and views of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (views on compassion surrounding religion) and Friedrich Nietzsche (views on "Morality as Anti-Nature" surrounding science). Twilight of the Idols by Friedrich Nietzsche.
A synthesis of many of his late themes on ethics, religion, culture, and race.