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Friedrich Nietzsche and the Matrix - In the film, The Matrix, the human race is forced into a “dream state” by a powerful group that controls their reality. “The Matrix” is a false reality where people live an ordinary life. However, this reality, or illusion, is being forced onto people who readily accept it as truth. This concept is where Friedrich Nietzsche’s essay, “On Truth and Lies in a Moral Sense” (1873) begins its argument. Nietzsche begins his argument by explaining that we have a need to form groups or “herds”. To keep these groups together “a uniformly valid and binding designation is given to things” (452)....   [tags: Friedrich Nietzsche] 987 words
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The Philosophy of Nietzsche - As Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher once wrote in his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, “When Zarathustra was alone, however he said to his heart: ‘could it be possible. This old saint in the forest has not yet heard of it, that God is dead.” (479). And again in his parable of the mad man: “The insane man jumped into their midst and transfixed them with his glances. " Where is God gone. " he called out. " I mean to tell you. We have killed him, -- you and I. We are all his murderers. But how have we done it....   [tags: Freidrich Nietzsche, Germna Philosopher, Analysis]
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The Gay Science,by Friedrich Nietzsche - 1) Nietzsche could have written The Gay Science differently. What justifies the style of composition he chose. More importantly, is his style of writing effective. What relation do you see between the style of his writing and the content of thought it expresses. Nietzsche's style of writing was a deliberate stylistic choice meant to hide the meaning of his work and philosophy from those who would not be able to understand it, and through there misunderstanding would abuse it. This writing style was also meant to help support and give meaning to Nietzsche's arguments on the nature of language and how language is, at its root a metaphor describing an object that is disconnected from us....   [tags: The Gay Science, Friedrich Nietzsche] 1580 words
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What for Nietzsche is the Meaning of the Death of God? - Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) has born as a philologist and not as a philosopher, even though his innovating way of thinking, influenced remarkably the view on the meaning of life within the whole modern Europe. It is considered one of those great minds, as Marx and Freud, which have been able to create a new ideology to rely on, to create a new perspective both socially and psychologically, to give human kind a chance to open to the true consciousness, to revaluate the ethics of life and the true moral values....   [tags: friederich nietzsche, god, christianity]
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Beyond Good and Evil: Nietzsche's Philosophy on Good and Evil - Friedrich Nietzsche was a philosopher in the 1800’s. His work has since influenced, impacted, and brought forth new questions for many philosophers to follow. One of Nietzsche’s famous writings Beyond Good and Evil expresses his views on society and the two different classes it holds, slave and master. He expresses his belief that the two are in warfare with one another, the strong (master) fighting for the will to power, while the weak (slave) tries to pull the master down to their level using clandestine forms of revenge....   [tags: Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche]
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Nietzsche's Revaluation of All Values - In the nineteenth century, popular philosophy - particularly the Hegelian dialectic - professed that mankind was developing in an upward direction, becoming more angelic as it were. Man's moral laws were more advanced, as support for democracy and equal rights were beginning to become popular. However, Friedrich Nietzsche believed that mankind was entering a downward spiral towards complete decadence. Modern man, with its 'advanced' morality, was, in truth, decaying on the inside. Claims of morality merely masked modern man's decay: he is veiled behind moral formulas and concepts of decency?....   [tags: Philosophy Nietzsche Essays Papers] 2292 words
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Nietzsche: Exposing the Christianity Hoax - Nietzsche: Exposing the Christianity Hoax      For thousands of years the Bible has represented the foundation for one of the largest religions in existence, Christianity. “The Book” affects millions of people’s lives. The creation of morals makes the biggest impacts on individuals and society. Morals are hinted at throughout “The Book”, but are clearly stated in Matthew’s gospel. These morals are written in a series called the Beatitudes. Through morals, laws are created and society is given guidelines, most people see this in a positive manner....   [tags: Nietzsche Philosophy Religion Essays] 1158 words
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Nietzsche's Critique of Religion - Nietzsche's critique of religion is largely based on his critique of Christianity. Nietzsche says that in modern Europe, people are atheistic, even though they don't realise it. People who say they are religious aren't really and those who say they have moved on haven't actually moved on. Certain people in society retain features of Christianity. For example, socialists still believe in equality in all people. Others still have pity for the poor and needy etc. Nietzsche dislikes religion especially Christianity because it encourages and promotes slave morality....   [tags: Nietzsche's Critique of Christianity] 1196 words
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Analysis of Dostoevsky and Nietzsche's Literature - Analysis of Dostoevsky and Nietzsche's Literature      Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Dostoevsky, the only one who has taught me anything about psychology.” The two writers share many similarities and differences. Dostoevsky clearly had an effect on the thinking of Nietzsche. The two would be considered both philosophers and psychologists. Both writers became prominent in the late 19th century in Germany and Russia respectively. Dostoevsky was noted for his Russian literary classics and would be responsible for a flowering of late 19th century Russian literary culture....   [tags: Psychology Friedrich Nietzsche Philosophy Essays] 5388 words
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Nietzsche : God Is Dead - The Question: State your understanding of the philosophy of F. Nietzsche. What does he mean by saying "God is Dead".      Nietzsche's philosophy is that of a radical view as it calls for the complete reevaluation of morals and blatantly attacks the Judeo-Christian tradition in modern society. He believed one should dare to become who they are. In order to ascertain one's full potential as a human being, the ethic system of which by society runs, must be changed as it only hampers one's will to power....   [tags: Philosophy Atheist Atheism Friedrich Nietzsche] 752 words
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Nietzsche's Portraiture: Wagner as Worthy Opponent - Nietzsche's Portraiture: Wagner as Worthy Opponent ABSTRACT: Richard Wagner always represented for Nietzsche the Germany of that time. By examining Nietzsche's relationship to Wagner throughout his writings, one is also examining Nietzsche's relationship to his culture of birth. I focus on the writings from the late period in order to clarify Nietzsche's view of his own project regarding German culture. I show that Nietzsche created a portrait of Wagner in which the composer was a worthy opponent-someone with whom he disagreed but viewed as an equal....   [tags: Wagner Nietzsche Philosophical Papers]
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Nietzsche: On the Genealogy of Morals - Nietzsche: On the Genealogy of Morals Nietzsche was a revolutionary author and philosopher who has had a tremendous impact on German culture up through the twentieth century and even today. Nietzsche's views were very unlike the popular and conventional beliefs and practices of his time and nearly all of his published works were, and still are, rather controversial, especially in On the Genealogy of Morals. His philosophies are more than just controversial and unconventional viewpoints, however; they are absolutely extreme and dangerous if taken out of context or misinterpreted....   [tags: Philosophy Morals Ethics Nietzsche Essays Papers] 602 words
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Nietzsche´s Life and Survival: Buddha´s Meaning of Suffering - Introduction “To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” Friedrich Nietzsche’s articulate definition of life and survival serves in tandem to Buddha’s teachings of suffering, the meaning of suffering, and it’s applicability to real life. In essence, one must commit to realizing suffering, the causes of suffering, and finally, the means of escaping it. Suffering can be physical or psychological, yet it must yield the same end of stifled human experience. The cause of suffering can be many, but must stem from the subsections of: Craving to Be, Craving Not to Be, and Sensual Experience ....   [tags: Friederich Nietzsche, Buddha, Six Sense Spheres]
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Marx and Nietzsche's Theories - Marx and Nietzsche's Theories Society is flawed. There are critical imbalances in it that cause much of humanity to suffer. In, the most interesting work from this past half-semester, The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx is reacting to this fact by describing his vision of a perfectly balanced society, a communist society. Simply put, a communist society is one where all property is held in common. No one person has more than the other, but rather everyone shares in the fruits of their labors. Marx is writing of this society because, he believes it to be the best form of society possible....   [tags: Friedrich Nietzsche Karl Marx Philosophy Essays] 3996 words
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Friedrich Nietzsche - Friedrich Nietzsche was born near Rocken a small town in the Prussian province of Saxony, on October 15, 1844. Ironically the philosopher who rejected religion and coined the phrase "god is dead" was descended from a line of respected clergymen. Nietzsche completed his secondary education at the exacting boarding school of Pforta. A brilliant student, he received rigorous training in Latin, Greek, and German. In 1864 the young man entered the University of Bonn to study theology and classical philology....   [tags: Philosopher Biography Nietzsche] 1599 words
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Feuerbach and Nietzsche - ... When Feuerbach says “religion is the alienation of man from himself; for man sets up God as an antithesis to himself´ (The Essence of Christianity) he means that having a God made up of only perfect attributes separates humans from the idea of being perfect and therefore makes human be indefinitely described as imperfect. Only once current religious systems are deemed illogical and God has been taken off his throne will humans learn to live to their full potential . For Feuerbach, the freedom from religion would allow humans to strive for the highest possible attributes the can achieve....   [tags: humans, structure, religion, beliefs] 866 words
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Discourse on Religion: Nietzsche and Edwards - Friedrich Nietzsche certainly serves as a model for the single best critic of religion. At the other end of this spectrum, Jonathan Edwards emerges as his archrival in terms of religious discourse. Nietzsche argues that Christianity’s stance toward all that is sensual is that grounded in hostility, out to tame all that rests on nature, or is natural, akin to Nietzsche’s position in the world and his views. Taking this into account, Edwards’s views on Christianity should be observed in context targeted at those who agree with his idea, that G-d is great and beyond the capacity of human reason....   [tags: Philosophy, Christianity] 1001 words
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Brave New World and Nietzsche - Brave New World is a dystopia probably never quite happening as a whole concept. It’s more of a warning courtesy of Huxley rather than everything. However, the question of the essay is: “How does the dystopian concept of Brave New World ends up when compared with the relevant ideas of Nietzsche’s - are they similar, different or in opposition?” Nietzsche also wrote about the need for Übermenschen, as well as weaker underlings for retaining the stability in the society and the radical removal of the old ethics and morality....   [tags: Übermenschen vs. Christianity ]
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The Philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche - Philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Nietzsche was a 19th-century German philosopher and held in regard amongst the greatest philosophers of the early part century. He sharpened his philosophical skills through reading the works of the earlier philosophers of the 18th century such as Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Arthur Schopenhauer and African Spir; however, their works and beliefs were opposite to his own. His primary mentor was Author Schopenhauer, whose belief was that reality was built on the foundation of experience....   [tags: Philosophy] 1002 words
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Nietzsche - An Analysis of Nietzsche’s On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense Friedrich Nietzsche’s On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense represents a deconstruction of the modern epistemological project. Instead of seeking for truth, he suggests that the ultimate truth is that we have to live without such truth, and without a sense of longing for that truth. This revolutionary work of his is divided into two main sections. The first part deals with the question on what is truth. Here he discusses the implication of language to our acquisition of knowledge....   [tags: Philosophy, On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense] 1664 words
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Theory of Alienation: Marx and Nietzsche - Marx’s theory of alienation is concerned primarily with social interaction and production; he believes that we are able to overcome our alienation through human emancipation. Marx’s theory of alienation is the process by which social organized productive powers are experienced as external or alien forces that dominate the humans that create them. He believes that production is man’s act on nature and on himself. Man’s relationship with nature is his relationship with his tools, or means of production....   [tags: Theory of Alienation]
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Religion in Chekhov and Nietzsche's Philosophies - The philosophies that emerged from the age of enlightenment have altered our view of the world. Initially, societies’ knowledge was solely based on the ideas proposed in religious texts. The rise of consumerism made humans place more faith in science than in religion. This proposes severe problems for a society who’s values were all grounded in their beliefs. The ideologies presented in Chekhov and Nietzsche’s texts demonstrate two vastly different conclusions about the potential of humankind. The absence of religion has created a void in society....   [tags: earthly pleasures, enlightenment]
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On the Genealogy of Morals by Nietzsche - ... Is anti-semitism justified during the holocaust to pose such a hatred toward a single religion over their beliefs. In order to investigate this problem there are a few specific sources I would rely on to gain valuable information. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. would be a great starting point to obtain background information and details on the holocaust and what it stood for. The holocaust museum offers more than 10,000 artifacts that illustrate the broad history of the Holocaust....   [tags: schooling in history and philology]
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Great Philosopher: Plato and Nietzsche - ... Imagine people living in a cavernous cell down under the ground; at the far end of the cave, a long way off, there's an entrance open to the outside world.’ He sets up this scenario in order to give the sense that these people have no choice and tied up since children he says. With shadows replicating objects and the prisoners knowing what these shadows the point in fact that he is making. In ‘The Cave’ Plato shows that he believes in an absolute and ‘...essential Form of Goodness.’ He believes that all earthly Good, for example wealth, intelligence, and wisdom, as well as qualities like courage, patience, unselfishness, and carefulness come from this Good....   [tags: absolute truth, god, illusions] 752 words
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Nietzsche on Nihilism and Christianity - Religion has always played a fundamental role in society. Indeed, up to the sixteenth century, the Roman Catholic Church benefitted of its temporal power. This temporal power allowed the Popes to have sovereign authority over the papal State, thus they did not exercise their authority only in the religious sphere but also in the public one. Therefore, the situations created were contradictory. The Popes could, indeed, start a war against other States, mainly for territorial and political aims, using their religious authority, such as excommunication or interdiction to achieve certain purposes of political and “earthly” nature....   [tags: church, society, chuch reform]
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Philosophy: Nietzsche and Heidegger - Nietzsche and Heidegger In this assignment, I will discuss what I have learned to perceive is the relevance of Nietzsche and Heidegger for theorizing religion. I will place great emphasis on Nietzsche's concept of the "Death of God," and how this concept is a challenge to modernity and religious consciousness. With the rise of science and empiricism, Nietzsche argues that it is practically impossible for a modern person to realistically believe in a Christian conception of God. However, the morality of Christianity lingers in the background, and, while still influencing people, Nietzsche predicts that the Europe of his time was soon to see a nihilistic sickness....   [tags: death of god, religion, power]
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Nietzsche’s Meditation on Buddhism - Many of us have been taught at a really early age what religion we are to follow and, what God is our God. We don’t have a say or don’t even think we have a say. At a certain age you stumble on a person that changes your prospective on life and makes you question everything. Nietzsche was that person that yanked my comfortable welcome carpet off my feet. Religion and all that came with it was nothing but an afterthought. When again I stumbled on an amazing person that I see in every Asian restaurant we come across by....   [tags: religion, Buddha, Zarathustra]
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Existentialism: Kierkegaard and Nietzsche - The Merriam – Webster Dictionary defines existentialism as a chiefly 20th century philosophical movement embracing diverse doctrines but centering on analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong or good or bad (Merriam, 2011). In other words, an existentialist believes that our natures are the natures we make for ourselves, the meaning of our existence is that we just exist and there may or may not be a meaning for the existence, and we have to individually decide what is right or wrong and good or bad for ourselves....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Friedrich Nietzsche - Despite being one of the greatest philosophers of the last millennium, Friedrich Wilhem Nietzsche may also be the most misunderstood. He has become a walking paradox. Today he is regarded as one of the most important thinkers, yet in his lifetime, he could hardly give away his books. Sigmund Freud revered him as one of the great minds in the history of psychoanalysis, yet Nietzsche went insane at the age of 44. He publicly detested German culture, yet German soldiers received copies of his book, Thus Spoke Zarathustra during World War I....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Nietzsche and the Prophet - Nietzsche and the Prophet According to Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the meaning of human existence is to make room for the “Superman”: a superhuman who perseveres in its capacity for unlimited self-creation. (Pg. 49)[1] In order for humankind to embrace its self-creative nature and allow for the transcendence into this superhuman condition, however, we must first learn to destroy our present tables of values; it is our desperate adherence to traditional (religious) values which prevents us from actualizing our potential for self-creation....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays]
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Atheism: Nietzsche and Palahniuk Illustration of God - ... We as a society should come to terms with the fact that we construct reality and abandon the sham of a God that we each have constructed through our personal experiences. Instead, we should accept the possibility that life might be meaningless. Nietzsche claims the we do not need God because morals change due to our ever changing ethics and as a consequence the criteria that God judges one changes too. Since God is, nothing more than a disguised version of one’s self passing judgment, he is not a divine being but instead an anthropomorphized figurehead that is contingent upon our ever-changing morals....   [tags: fear, social construct, struggle] 1295 words
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Nietzsche: Human, All Too Human - ... On the other hand, the slave morality is a morality of excuses. The men who posses this morality are have a lack of strength mentally and physically, no courage or guts to strive for something they desire, sour attitudes towards power, wealth, and success and they lack patience, condolence and meekness. According to Nietzsche, slave morality is nothing more than the rationalization of weakness. Nietzsche is contemptuous of most moral philosophers in history, due to the fact that his eyes advocated versions of slave morality....   [tags: philosopher, hitler, antichrist] 959 words
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Nietzsche and Freud on the Origin of Psychological Illnesses - ... But if they fail they will fall into a neurotic state. While in this neurotic state we begin to regress to our infancy, when obtaining pleasures were easier. Thus, the flight to illness is the easy way out since it allows for an individual to simply bypass the troubles of society, moving to a state where they can instantly obtain pleasure. The illness Nietzsche writes about is bad conscience. Nietzsche states that humans were originally immune to these internal illnesses as we were “yes” sayers and naturally acted on our animal impulses....   [tags: philosophical analysis] 806 words
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Frantz Fanon and Friedrich Nietzsche on Humanity - Having witnessed the racism and assimilation in the colonial Antilles, Frantz Fanon devotes himself to the battle for a human world--that is, a world of mutual recognition--where all races are equal. Applying the idea mutual recognition from Hegel to his situation, Fanon believes that mutual recognition is achieved when the White and the Black approve each other’s human reality, which is the capacity to have dreams and to turn them into reality. On the contrary, Friedrich Nietzsche believes the hope for humanity lies in the endless self-transcendence of becoming the overman, ignoring whether one receives acknowledgement from others or not....   [tags: Mutual Recognition, Overman] 1431 words
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The Question of Free Will: Descartes, Hume, and Nietzsche - The power of acting without necessity and acting on one’s own discretions, free will still enamors debates today, as it did in the past with philosophers Nietzsche, Descartes, and Hume. There are two strong opposing views on the topic, one being determinism and the other “free will”. Determinism, or the belief a person lacks free will and all events including human actions are determined by forces outside the will of an individual contrasts the entire premise of free will. Rene Descartes formulates his philosophical work through deductive reasoning and follows his work with his system of reasoning....   [tags: Free Will Essays]
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Nietzsche On Buddhism - Nietzsche repeatedly refers to Buddhism as a decadent and nihilistic religion. It seems to be a textbook case of just what Nietzsche is out to remedy in human thinking. It devalues the world as illusory and merely apparent, instead looking to an underlying reality for value and meaning. Its stated goals seem to be negative and escapist, Nietzsche sometimes seems to praise certain aspects of Buddhist teaching—and some of his own core ideas bear a resemblance to Buddhist doctrine. What exactly is Nietzsche’s evaluation of Buddhism....   [tags: Religion] 1686 words
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Hume, Descartes, and Nietzsche's Views on Immortality - ... He says in this life people already assume that punishment must not only be merited, it must also attain some applicable social end or value. When we are apart from this world these goals are taken away and punishment becomes meaninglessly vindictive. The consequence of this is that punishment without any further point or purpose is mere vengeance that lacks any accurate explanation. Second, Hume asks on what basis God determines the extent of our merit and demerit. Among human beings the standard of merit and demerit depends on our moral feelings and our sense of pleasure and pain....   [tags: afterlife, moral, soul] 1054 words
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Nietzsche’s Concept of Eternal Recurrence - Friedrich Nietzsche is a German philosopher who lived in 1844 to 1900, and his proposition on eternal recurrence was one of his most discussed works. The concept states that the world is eternally self – destroying, then self – creating, over time. He radicalizes the Christian concept of eternity and combines it with simple reasoning to come up with an innovative concept. This paper will discuss in detail what eternal recurrence is and the implications of such a concept on free spirits, and whether adopting such a belief will make a person’s life better or not....   [tags: Philosophy, Positivism]
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Nietzsche and Wagner - Nietzsche and Wagner In terms of artists and their influences, the case of Nietzsche and Wagner has been the focal point of discussion between many great academic minds of the last century. The controversy surrounding the relationship has led many to postulate that the eventual break between the two men may have contributed to the untimely death of Wagner in 1882, and Nietzsche's eight-year writing spurt from 1883 - 1888. While investigating the details of this peculiar relationship, I was struck by the historical and philosophical depth of several discoveries, the fundamental question being this: Why was Nietzsche's perception of both Wagner's music and his character upset simply because...   [tags: Papers] 3902 words
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Nazis and Nietzsche - Nazis and Nietzsche During the latter parts of the Nineteenth Century, the German existentialist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote a great deal on his ideas of morality, values, and life. His writings were controversial, but they greatly affected European thought. It can be argued that Nietzschean philosophy was a contributing factor in the rise of what is considered our world's most awful empire, the Third Reich. ‹Such a stance is based on the fact that there are very similar currents in thought between the philosophy and the empire....   [tags: Papers] 1114 words
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Nietzsche And Platonism - In Twilight of the Idols Nietzsche writes, "My objection against the whole of sociology in England and France remains that it knows from experience only the forms of decay, and with perfect innocence accepts its instincts of decay as the norm of sociological value-judgments. The decline of life, the decrease in the power to organize, that is to tear open clefts, subordinate and super-ordinate -- all this has been formulated as the ideal in contemporary sociology." (p 541). The culture of Europe at the time of Nietzsche’s writing was experiencing a general decline in vitality which was exemplified in Christianity (Platonism) and anarchy or nihilism....   [tags: essays research papers] 928 words
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Modernity and Nietzsche - Throughout many centuries philosophers have tried to explain the nature of reality and the order that exists within the universe around us. The purpose of this paper is to first trace the developments that led up to modernity. Next I will react to the claim made by Fredrick Nietzsche that “God is dead” from a Biblical perspective. Philosophers have attempted to answer that question of what reality is and how to answer the questions that everyone faced. The first philosopher Thales held that water was the source of life and death....   [tags: essays research papers] 1988 words
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Introduction to Politcal Thought: Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche - Intro to political thought Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844, in Röcken bei Lützen, Germany, a small village in Prussia . His father, Carl Ludwig Nietzsche, was a Lutheran preacher; he died when Nietzsche was only four years old. Nietzsche attended a private preparatory school in Naumburg and then received a classical education at the prestigious Schulpforta school. For much of the following decade, Nietzsche lived in seclusion. However, this was also a highly productive period for him as a thinker and writer....   [tags: biography, master and slave morality]
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Nietzsche and the Death of God Theology - Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was perhaps best known for pronouncing that “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him!” (Nietzsche, The Gay Science 388). Thinkers of the death of God theology of the American 1960s such as Thomas Altizer insisted that “we must recognize that the death of God is a historical event: God has died in our time, in our history, in our existence” (Christian Atheism 61). Although these two conceptions of the death of God differed, they had several aspects in common: they faced opposition, they thought religion was a product of human necessity, they acknowledged the importance of coexisting opposites, they expressed a certain humanism and interest in indi...   [tags: Religion Papers] 2138 words
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Friedrich Nietzsche: One of the Greatest Thinkers of All Time - Friedrich Nietzsche was without a doubt one of the most influential thinkers of the 19th century. He was a man who ventured to question all of man's beliefs. He was out to seek the important questions in life, not always their answers. Some consider Nietzsche to be one of the first existentialist philosophers along with Søren Kierkegaard. He was the inspiration for many philosophers, poets, sociologists, and psychologists including Sigmund Freud. His goal to seek explanations for society's commonly accepted values was an inspiration for Freud's psychoanalysis theory1....   [tags: Philosophy] 1608 words
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The Life & Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche - The Life & Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche Philosophy Class Essay Born: 1844. Rocken, Germany Died: 1900. Weimar, Germany Major Works: The Gay Science (1882), Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883-1885), Beyond Good & Evil (1886), On the Genealogy of Morals (1887), MAJOR IDEAS Self deception is a particularly destructive characteristic of West Culture. Life is The Will To Power; our natural desire is to dominate and reshape the world to fit our own preferences and assert our personal strength to the fullest degree possible....   [tags: Biographies Biographical Essays] 1872 words
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An Analysis of Chesterton and Nietzsche - An Analysis of Chesterton and Nietzsche       Imagine the lame giant of the Victorian age stumbling about in the darkness, wrestling with an unseen opponent. It pries the crushing grip of a hand from its throat only to discover the hand is its own. Imagine two explorers on opposites sides of a great ocean. Anchors are weighed, and each explorer sets out to see just beyond the horizon, to sail beyond the sunset. They collide amidships in the midnight fog and breeze, but they continue their journeys....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Nietzsche's Critique of Past Philosophers - Nietzsche's Critique of Past Philosophers The desire of most philosophers, Nietzsche says, is to find truth. Nietzsche doesn't see why this is. In the second aphorism, he asks why don't we look for untruth. He believes that beliefs are more important than finding truth because, for him, there is no real truth. Philosophers state a truth or known fact as if it were the ultimate knowledge, but Nietzsche says that really they are giving their opinions about things. Philosophers don't have knowledge - just beliefs....   [tags: Papers] 423 words
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Nietzsche’s Perspectivism and Philosophical Skepticism: A Comparison - Since the idea of truth came to being by the previous thought of ancient times, many philosophers have developed their ideas on this notion. They ask themselves questions such as: “What is truth. Does a universal truth exist. Are their countless truths. Is it possible to know?” This is a major debate amongst philosophers and it really separates them within their belief systems. Many names have been given to the different thoughts: Relativism, Skepticism, Dogmatism, and Perspectivism. These thoughts are just a few major classifications from some of the great thinkers on truth....   [tags: what is truth, perspectivism, relativism]
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Nietzsche's Utile Philosophy of History - Nietzsche's Utile Philosophy of History History, contends Nietzsche, is not something to be wholly embraced for its own sake, but something which when used in moderation to further the activity of man motivates his life towards justice. Always, though, history must serve life and never the converse. To lead a healthy and happy life, man must be capable not only of historical though but also of unhistorical thought; Nietzsche likens the superhistorical being who never forgets to one who cannot sleep....   [tags: Philosophy History Essays] 534 words
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Friederich Nietzsche and His Philosophies - Friederich Nietzsche and His Philosophies Friederich Nietzsche was born in 1844 in the Prussian province of Saxony. He was the offspring of a long line of clergymen including his father, who was the pastor of a Lutheran congregation. His childhood was consumed with the haunting death of his father and, soon after, brother. After enrolling in school, he suffered from intense, painful headaches and myopia which caused burning sensations and blurred vision. This may have been syphilis and it may have been contracted from his father who had shown similar symptoms....   [tags: Papers] 1393 words
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