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A concise and intensely readable precis of Nietzsche's Beyond reliable and Evil, aimed at scholars embarking on their experiences and normal readers. it's a great better half for these new to the learn of this tough and infrequently misunderstood classic.

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E. as childhood playthings to be discarded as we progress – then we can begin to develop new and better ideas. The conception of truth which Nietzsche proposes here is one which is not fixed and absolute, but rather admits the fact that each one of us has a different perspective on truth (he will develop this idea of perspectivism later in more detail). Nietzsche then lists examples of such dogmatic ideas (the idea of the soul, the notion of pure spirit, the ‘Good’), and suggests that we should even be grateful to these philosophical errors for allowing us to build up our strength in seeking to recognise, learn from, and overcome them.

E. a logical contradiction). So, if we accept idealism, then we are forced to conclude that the sense organs must be their own creation – an obvious absurdity. Idealism must therefore be wrong: the world as we see it is more than just the creation of the senses. So, we cannot base science on a philosophy that treats the world as mere appearance (as idealism does) – we must give the evidence of the senses some credit. e. the notion that the only truth is that which is based on the evidence of the senses).

He asks, isn’t there a subtle pleasure being obtained by these actions? Section 34 The world we think we live in is almost certainly not the world we actually live in. Scientifically speaking, there are numerous examples which would illustrate Nietzsche’s point: the Sun appears to go around the Earth, but in fact, the opposite is true; matter appears solid, but in fact is made up of minute flickers of pure energy, between which there are vast amounts of space; light appears to reach our eyes immediately, and yet many of the stars that we see at night time are actually greatly changed or even dead.

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