“On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense”) is an (initially) unpublished work of Friedrich Nietzsche written in , one year after The Birth of Tragedy. It deals. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Nietzsche has been proclaimed the seminal figure of modern philosophy as well as one of the most creative and critically. This post is part of my ongoing blogging project called “Critical Theory Down to Earth.” In these posts I provide summaries of and brief.

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Therefore, they are not objective knowledge or truths. When he does this in a self-serving way damaging to others, then society will no longer trust him but exclude him.

From the sense that one is obliged to designate one thing as red, another as cold, and a third as mute, there arises a moral impulse in regard to truth. As a genius of construction man raises himself far above the bee in the following way: The text opens with a fable: Nietzsche finds truth in the unique stimuli which man encounters, but scientific progress and exploration seek friedrivh rationalize these stimuli into clearly defined laws in npnmoral same way man rationalized language into a historicized and scientific study.

Maybe their value of g, acceleration due to gravity, will be different from ours. After all, sens is a law of nature as such for us? Mar 13, Jonathan rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 24, Agostinho Paulo rated it it was amazing.

Jul 28, Chrisee Zhu rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It is even a difficult thing for him to admit to himself that the insect or the bird perceives an entirely different world from the one that man does, and that the question of which of these perceptions of the world is the more correct one is quite meaningless, for this would have to have been decided previously in accordance with the criterion of the correct perceptionwhich means, in accordance with a criterion which is not available.


I highly recommend this essay PDF versions galore for its somewhat cleansing effects on the mind and for its lack of rigidity and bias. Sweet and succinct although I won’t lie and call it painless introduction into Nietzsche.

At the risk of paraphrasing, this makes sense within this perspective, yet is there a purpose for exhausting time and common labels, or just naming everything, when speaking colloquially? Overall brilliant, will take Nietzche the next quarter, and may update comment later. Because Nietzsche was not an ordinary human being.

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Every concept originates through our equating what is unequal. At other times it endeavors, with gloomy officiousness, to show the way and to demonstrate the tools to a poor individual who covets existence; it is like a servant who goes in search of booty and prey for his master.

However, it is only in forgetting that these designations were made arbitrarily that man can believe himself to possess any notion of truth. Nietzsche maintains that truth is nothing but- A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and; anthropomorphisms: He says only an ‘aesthetic relation’ can exist between the subject and the object. Glenn, Nietzsche is arguing that “concepts are metaphors which do not correspond to reality. But in this conceptual crap game “truth” means using every die in the designated manner, counting its spots accurately, fashioning the right categories, and never violating the order of caste and class rank.

In this intuitive world, as long as man is able to deceive without injuring, the intellect is free.

On Truth and Lies in an Extra-Moral Sense

Let us still give special consideration to the formation of concepts. He will no longer tolerate being carried away by sudden impressions, by intuitions.


The image of a nerve stimulus in sounds. The free intellect copies human nuetzsche, but it considers this life to be something good and seems to be quite satisfied with it.

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Whenever, as was perhaps the case in ancient Greece, the intuitive man handles his weapons more authoritatively and victoriously than his opponent, then, under favorable circumstances, a culture can take shape and art’s mastery over life can be established. As the essay approaches the end, it becomes more mystical. Thinking has only one purpose for humans: Of course, in order to be supported by such a foundation, his construction must be like one constructed of spiders’ webs: It seeks a new realm and another channel for its activity, and it finds this in myth and in art generally.

The name of a word causes a nerve stimulation which is transferred into a metaphor image and then the image is imitated in second metaphor sound. But as a natural scientist of long experience I know that, in fact, something “real” is being grasped by our pathetic intellects, languages and concepts. Whereas each perceptual metaphor is individual and without equals and is therefore able to elude all classification, the great edifice of concepts displays the rigid regularity of a Roman columbarium and exhales in logic that strength and coolness which is characteristic of mathematics.