On Studying Nietzsche 

Image result“For many, Nietzsche and morality make an unlikely conjunction. Certainly, for all his challenging views – or perhaps because they proved all too challenging – he was until recently absent from traditional philosophy courses on ethics. To those who ask ‘what is the nature of good?’ he has little to say, except that they’re asking the wrong question. He’s an anti-realist about values: that is, for Nietzsche there are no moral facts, and there is nothing in nature that has value in itself. Rather, to speak of good or evil is to speak of human illusions, of lies according to which we find it necessary to live. He tells us that “man needs to supplement reality by an ideal world of his own creation.” That is, we are compelled by our biological natures to see the world through moral lenses, judging it in terms of good and bad, although the world is neither in itself.”

– Roger Caldwell


On Studying Nietzsche

I’m tempted to swallow the sun,
pluck it from the sky, a grape from its vine,
and in some hidden place,
a basement choked with still air
or beneath a cathedral of hemlock limbs,
let it sink into the pit of me
and then I’ll bless the world:
my light, my warmth.

And I, and I.



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