"On Truth and Lies in a Trans-Moral Sense"
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Friedrich Nietzsche, the prolific German philosopher often linked to German Volkism and unjustly associated with the rise of Nazism, in 1873 penned "On Truth and Lies in a Trans-Moral Sense." Despite its seemingly esoteric, metaphysical title, the message is presented with deadly clarity. In the passage which this paper discusses, Nietzsche attacks the human failing of pride, also lambasted in Judeo-Christian tradition. However, far from using a theological morality to justify his position, the philosopher's nihilistic approach merely states that pride is meaningless and should be regarded as such. This paper analyzes a passage from Nietzsche's "On Truth and Lies in a Trans-Moral Sense," offering the writer's reflections on the passage.
From the Paper:"Thus, in one fell swoop, the philosopher destroys the intellectual palaces and sacred shrines of philosophical, empirical, and epistemological tomes written over the centuries, claiming that all these opinions are pointless, of value only to their creators and the creators' listeners but saying virtually nothing. Nietzsche deals a further blow to bevies of Oxford dons, Classical scholars, and Greenwich Village poets by comparing their pride, derived from 'knowledge,' to that of a gnat."
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