Freud and Nietzsche on the Field of Inquiry Comparison Essay

Freud and Nietzsche on the Field of Inquiry
An analysis between Friedrich Nietzsche in "On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense" and Sigmund Freud in "The Interpretation of Dreams."
# 117245 | 1,940 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Nov 24, 2009 in Psychology (Freud) , Philosophy (Epistemology) , Ethics (General)

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This paper analyzes and compares the views of Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche in the area of the field of inquiry. It examines Freud's views in his work, "The Interpretation of Dreams" and compares them to Nietzsche's views as expressed in his work, "On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense." The paper concludes that while Freud's and Nietzsche's ideas are the same, their concepts differ.

From the Paper:

"Although their ideas are the same, Nietzsche and Freud's concepts are very different. Both believe the truth is hidden, but Nietzsche see's no way to retrieve it and Freud believes that it can be found with in the brain, and with a little un-condensation and analysis one can discover the true meaning. Freud tends to stick with what is the opposite of the norm, by looking not for what is beautiful and sublime but what is repulsing and distressing. Most other theorists were busy looking for, conceptualizing and categorizing what is beautiful, Freud wanted to look at what others had forgotten. He found this in dreams, which were laced with displacement and confusion. Nietzsche also turned toward what others have forgotten, which is where language originated, which is nature. Both theorists looked for some thing that was hidden, for Nietzsche it was truth in language and Freud it was truth in dreams."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. New York: W. W. Norton, 2001. Print.

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