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“On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense”) is an (initially) unpublished work of Friedrich Nietzsche written in , one year after The Birth of Tragedy.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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Truth is aged metaphor, forgotten to be metaphor. Gibt es eine sinnliche Philosophie und eine intellektuelle Literatur? Pascal is right in maintaining that if the same dream came to us every night we would be just as occupied with it as we are with the things that we see every day. A powerful book that deconstructs the common concept of truth and lie.

N imagines the beginning lids language as a kind of Hobbesian contract in which the war of all against all is brought to an end by way of a conceptual truce. 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!

Truth consists of a series of anthropomorphisms or “words”, which we have learnt to imprint on our species. Nietzsche’s essay provides an account for and thereby a critique of the contemporary considerations of truth and concepts.

If those words are not true, then what else is? ftiedrich

On Truth and Lies in an Extra-Moral Sense

I read this essay twice. Now man of course forgets that this is the way things stand for him. In some remote corner of the universe, glitteringly poured out into numberless solar systems, there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge. For this construction, man can be admired nietzschee as far as seeking and finding truth is concerned; it is achieved through an analogy, for feiedrich strives to find truth similar to him.

So when we try to express what we saw using language, the tryth we use will be another metaphor superimposed on the original metaphor. It seems as if they were all intended to express an exalted happiness, an Olympian cloudlessness, and, as it were, a playing with seriousness. Quotes from On Truth and Lies Thus the genesis of language does not proceed logically in any case, and all the material within and with which the man of truth, the scientist, and the philosopher later work and build, if not derived from never-never land, is a least not ttuth from the essence of things.


Thereby men do not flee from being lues as much as from being damaged by deception: And each time there is a complete overleaping of one sphere, right into the middle of an entirely new and different one. Therefore, they are not objective knowledge or truths. The man who is guided by concepts and abstractions only succeeds by such means in warding off misfortune, without ever gaining any happiness for himself from these abstractions.

Penned shortly after ‘The Birth Of Tragedy’, this sens, concise and highly readable essay is very reminiscent of the later works of Wittgenstein language games and Alfred Korzibsky general liee. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche — was a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. That is to say, a uniformly valid and binding designation is invented for things, and this legislation of language likewise establishes the first laws of truth.

In Hegelian terms, the true truth is this negation of a negation. At best, we can only find ‘anthropomorphic truths’. The “thing in itself” for that is what pure truth, without yruth, would be is quite incomprehensible to the creators of language and not at all worth aiming for.

Great appendix of his notes at the end.

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. I do believe I managed to capture the essence of this short essay, the subjectivity of truth, and how we’re living in a fictitious social construct based on the subjectivity of these truths, that us as self-indulging and ego-centered humans have assigned as ‘meaning’ to words, and hence effectively our life.

What then is truth?

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For now that is fixed which henceforth shall be “truth”; that is, a regularly valid and obligatory designation of things is invented, and this linguistic legislation also furnishes the first laws of truth: One cannot really say vriedrich he meant by that.

Because Nietzsche was not an ordinary human being. I wonder, would such a perspective be pertinent? And it is worth ninmoral.


Though he acknowledges the intuitive man is susceptible to greater disappointment, Nietzsche proposes that while the intuitive man is vulnerable to deeper suffering, and even more frequent suffering, the rational man will not experience as great or frequent of joys as the intuitive man. Thus, to express it morally, this is the duty to lie according to a fixed convention, to lie with the herd and in a manner binding upon everyone.

For the contrast between truth and lie arises here for the first time.

Nietzsche – “On Truth and Lie in a Nonmoral Sense”

Interesting; I have a question though. Because we will only find in Nature what we bring to it: I find every single major point made in this little text to be admissible. Of course we ignore that too. Can he even once perceive himself completely, laid out as if in an illuminated glass case?

The liar uses the valid designations, the words, to nlnmoral the unreal appear as real; he says, for example, “I am rich,” when the word “poor” would be the correct designation of his situation. For Nietzsche, concepts are far from being transcendental truths. A philologist by Truth is like a spider web, which frifdrich delicate enough to be carried by the waves, but strong enough to not be blown apart. Notes for myself to return to: I’m definitely late to the party. Schacht, Nietzsche on Philosophy: Power in Nietzsche’s Epistemology”.

In some remote corner of frifdrich universe, poured out and glittering in innumerable solar systems, there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge.

Of course, in order to nonmorsl supported by such a foundation, his construction must be like one constructed of spiders’ webs: We know nothing whatsoever about an essential quality called “honesty”; but we do know of countless nonnoral and consequently unequal actions which we equate by omitting the aspects in which they are unequal and which we now designate as “honest” actions. He says only an ‘aesthetic relation’ can exist between the subject and the object.

This peace pact brings with it something that looks like the first step toward the attainment of this enigmatic urge for truth.