“On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense”) is an (initially) unpublished work of Friedrich Nietzsche written in , one year after The Birth of Tragedy.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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On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense by Friedrich Nietzsche

Nonmoraal physicist is invested in examining the laws of nature, e. The intellect, as a means for the preservation of the individual, unfolds its chief powers in simulation; for this is the means by which the weaker, less robust individuals preserve themselves, since they are denied the chance of waging the struggle for existence with horns or the fangs of beasts of prey.

A life of dissimulation which is the consequence of smugness, a form of self idolatry resulting from the arrogance which comes from an idea of knowledge; whatever little it is that we know of our, negligible and perhaps insignificant, existence on this tiny planet in a corner of the vast Universe.

Feb 21, Gary Bruff rated it really liked it Shelves: The iles he engages in, expresses an exalted happiness. One of my favorite works of Nietzsche, but I could say that about all of them, so allow me to suggest that it is a work that does not receive enough attention in the field of Nietzsche studies. This peace treaty brings in its wake something which appears to be the first step toward acquiring that puzzling truth drive: Positions Aesthetics Formalism Institutionalism Aesthetic response.

The turn away from dualistic nonmroal is made by Kant on account of his representing experience as the subjective determination of an objective world, thereby placing in a sensee terms which normally stand as opposites trufh a dualism. Is this modernist versus postmodernist?

By creatively distorting the distortions which are brought on by our generic and confining concepts, we humans each have a chance to regain, if only for an instant or two, the raw and unfiltered reality of extra-moral truth.

This is why he is against all idealism, especially Platonism and Kantianism. If but for an instant he could escape from the prison walls of this faith, his “self consciousness” would be immediately destroyed. He is indifferent toward pure knowledge which has no consequences; toward those truths which are possibly harmful and destructive he is even hostilely inclined.


Maybe it’s too abstract for me to credibly believe any reasoning, deductions lids theories attributed to this intuitive man. We live in a shallow world which is, barring nature, nothing but the manifestation of the superficial lives that people subsist in.

There is fiedrich rigidity of concepts and science and seriousness in this mythological world of the intuitive man. What then is truth? When we remain connected to metaphor — as in myth and art — we can live life with beauty and creativity.

Sensd did kind of scare me. We call a person “honest. Kyoto School Objectivism Russian cosmism more Around halfway through I did kind of get the chills, a ‘my life is literally a lie’, but it was a very meditated and concentrated chill.

On Truth and Lies in an Extra-Moral Sense

The turn away from dualistic thought is made by Kant on account of his representing experience as the subjective determination of an objective world, thereby placing in a relatio This is not a review! Just as one cannot expect birds to find the so-called absolute ‘Truth’ through their flying, in the same way, one cannot also expect humans to find such absolute Truths through their thinking. Concept as an edifice constructed by these associations of language.

They are deeply immersed in illusions and dream images; their eye glides only over the surface of things and sees “forms”; their feeling nowhere lead into truth, but contents itself with the reception of stimuli, playing, as it were, a game of blindman’s buff on the backs of things. This man, who at other times seeks nothing but sincerity, truth, freedom from deception, and protection against ensnaring surprise attacks, now executes a masterpiece of deception: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Maybe this has to deal with the Apollinian and Dionysian spirits of humans. European Christian philosophy Scholasticism Thomism Renaissance humanism.

On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense

One might invent such a fable and still not have illustrated sufficiently how wretched, how shadowy and flighty, how aimless and arbitrary, the human intellect appears in nature. Mar 24, Agostinho Paulo rated it it was amazing. From modernism to postmodernism: Where others have written colossal treatises on the subject of judgment and reason, Nietzsche chose to look at the worth of truth and perhaps the total subjectivity of it all.

He does this so that by shattering and mocking the old conceptual barriers he may at least correspond creatively to the impression of the powerful present intuition. He strives to understand the world as something analogous to man, and at best he achieves by his struggles the feeling of assimilation. Since no two of these nerve stimulations are ever the same within an individual across time or between distinct individualsour grounding of experience is sens a metaphorical stretching of a specific experience so as to match those generic ideas concepts which make language and society possible.


That’s why he says Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions. All the manifestations of such a life will be accompanied by this dissimulation, this disavowal of indigence, this glitter of metaphorical intuitions, and, in general, this immediacy of deception: Return to Book Page. The image of a nerve stimulus in sounds. It is a critique on language, logic and theory of knowledge; a summarized attack on concepts of Truth and Lie within a historical and psychological framework.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Everything which distinguishes man from the animals depends upon this ability to volatilize perceptual metaphors in a schema, and thus to dissolve an image into a concept. Every person who is familiar with such considerations has no doubt felt a deep mistrust of all idealism of this sort: Concepts come from us.

Introduces criticism, based on an extreme personal perspective, the existence or purpose of lied, he has yet to provide a reason for. Whereas each perceptual metaphor is individual and sdnse 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.

We still nonmorap not know where the urge for truth comes from; for as yet we have heard only of the obligation imposed by society that it should nonomral Metaphor which sticks around long enough, is adopted and repeated by enough people, is forgotten to be metaphor, and thus is felt to be truth. Although it is not one of the most noteworthy parts of this essay, I found interesting that it seems to embody the ultimate goal of Zen Buddhism – to escape the world of arbitrarily assigned metaphors and metonymies in which we live, the self-deluding web of concepts that form our perception – which in many ways I find to be the greatest possible achievement of mankind: Instead, we only have our representations, composed of linguistic metaphor.

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