By Gareth Southwell

ISBN-10: 1405160055

ISBN-13: 9781405160056

A concise and extremely readable precis of Nietzsche's Beyond sturdy and Evil, aimed at scholars embarking on their reviews and normal readers. it truly is an incredible better half for these new to the learn of this not easy and infrequently misunderstood classic.

* deals transparent motives of the imperative issues and ideas, terminology, and arguments
* contains a thesaurus of inauspicious phrases in addition to necessary biographical and historic information
* Illustrates arguments and concepts with invaluable tables, diagrams, and pictures; and contains references to extra readings
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Ultimately, he is arguing that there is no such thing as objective truth, but merely an extension of subjective truth (this is Nietzsche’s doctrine of perspectivism). What has happened with the majority of philosophers is that they have tried to convince others that their own subjective truth (based on their own instinctive set of values) is objective, and that others must share or abide by those same values. Of course, they do not consciously think of themselves as doing that – but Nietzsche does!

It believes only physical matter exists), and tries to explain everything in terms of physical cause and effect. But Nietzsche goes the other way: he wants to argue that the laws of cause and effect as we see them in the physical world are actually better understood in terms of acts of will. Now, what does he mean by this? He means that all the processes that we see at work in the physical world (“nourishment, excretion, metabolism”) may be considered as “a kind of instinctual life” in that when one thing causes another, what we are actually seeing is the dominant effect of one will over another.

It may surprise you here that, in criticising the effect of Jesuitism and democracy, Nietzsche appears to be in favour of the tension caused by the struggle against dogmatism and illusion. This is the first example of his complex attitude towards truth; it is more important to him that a would-be philosopher is given the opportunity to develop his own strength, than it is that he is trained in ‘correct’ opinions. e. beyond what most people consider to be ‘good’ and ‘evil’). Key Concepts: dogmatism philosophical prejudice Part One: On the Prejudices of Philosophers Section 1 Here Nietzsche introduces the idea of what he calls the “will to truth”.

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