By Gareth Southwell
A concise and intensely readable precis of Nietzsche's Beyond strong and Evil, aimed at scholars embarking on their reports and basic readers. it truly is an incredible better half for these new to the learn of this tough and sometimes misunderstood classic.
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However, Nietzsche implies, such an attitude will not be found in philosophy (where “there is nothing whatsoever impersonal”), and may only be useful for impartial observation and collection of data (such as the activities of “a specialist in fungus or a chemist”). Section 7 Nietzsche makes occasional references to the Greek philosopher Epicurus throughout his writings. 7 In contrast to this, Nietzsche sees Plato as the prime example of the type of philosopher who tries to argue that his moral views are objectively correct, and, in consequence, that their truth must be accepted by everyone.
Section 5 Picking up again on the role played by the personality of philosophers in the development of their philosophy, Nietzsche emphasises the average philosopher’s complete lack of awareness of this. They are “innocent”, and generally assume that they have ‘discovered’ truth by objective means, whereas in reality what has happened is that their philosophy springs from “a desire of the heart sifted and made abstract”. For instance, if we look at Spinoza’s philosophy, we can see that the mathematical form in which he set out his philosophical propositions actually reveals the “personal timidity and vulnerability .
As an evasion of responsibility for one’s own actions (which he will later associate with the ‘Slave’ mentality). Key Concepts: causa sui (the 7th philosophical prejudice) reification (the 8th philosophical prejudice) Section 22 Nietzsche here makes an important connection between the scientific tendency of ‘reification’ and the political doctrine of equality (or democracy). Both, he argues, are based on the ‘Slave’ mentality’s need to reject everything “privileged and autocratic” – that is, things that embody a special status and power.