An artistic man need not to obey the social conventions of morality but live a life which he considers as "true". View all 22 comments.
Though many of the ideas in this text would appear in his later books, the fervor, eloquence and extremity rising to the surface of this young university professor's thinking are remarkable. The text opens with a fable: In irgend einem abgelegenen Winkel des in zahllosen Sonnensystemen flimmernd ausgegossenen Weltalls gab es einmal ein Gestirn, auf dem kluge Tiere das Erkennen erfanden. 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.
On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense is a philosophical essay by Friedrich Nietzsche. It was written in , one year after The Birth of Tragedy, but was. Nietzsche on Truth, Lies, the Power and Peril of Metaphor, and How We Popper in his essay “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense,”.
It was the most haughty and mendacious minute of "world history", but it was only a minute. After Nature had drawn a few breaths, the star turned cold and the clever animals had to die. Was ist also Wahrheit?
What then is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and; anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding.
Let's face it: we do huddle together and tell ourselves comforting stories in the dark; if we didn't do that, how long would we last? Can you imagine the panic, the despair, the destruction?
What has always fascinated me about Nietzsche is that he is a case study of someone who rejected all of those stories. I find every single major point made in this little text to be admissible. Very, very scary 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. For I have seen how we poor creatures have re-shaped our world and not always for the better ; how we have predicted the manner in which nearly infinitely small particles should behave and have verified that they do precisely that; how we have sent human beings to walk on the face of the moon and have returned them safely to earth and anyone who has a hint of physics and engineering knows the truly enormous amount of authentic understanding that undertaking required.
But, even if we realize that the little we know about science is negligible compared with what there is to be known, we also have clear evidence that we actually do know something. Perhaps, some day, we'll know something more. But man has an invincible inclination to allow himself to be deceived and is, as it were, enchanted with happiness when the rhapsodist tells him epic fables as if they were true View all 9 comments.
Jan 25, Arcadia rated it really liked it. It did kind of scare me. It was very heavy and I really had to concentrate on each individual word in order to get the meaning of the whole paragraph.
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 huma "Truth are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions. 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.
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. This idea of intuitive versus rational man, was a bit far-fetched for me, in the sense of can such an 'intuitive' man exist? Maybe it's too abstract for me to credibly believe any reasoning, deductions or theories attributed to this intuitive man.
My limited Euclidean mind! It reminded me in some sense of Scott McCloud's 'Understanding Comics' which now in retrospect, probably got many ideas from Nietzsche himself. Sweet and succinct although I won't lie and call it painless introduction into Nietzsche. He definitely was a nutcase, no wonder! View 1 comment. Aug 27, Jordi Drenthen rated it really liked it.
Sep 15, Rick rated it really liked it. I read this text back in I don't recall the words so much as the oblivion I found myself in as Nietzsche left me pondering morality and truth as well as self and others anew. Nietzsche has a talent for pushing over meta-narratives, and I do recall being shaken.
An excellent critical thinking piece. Jan 15, Laurent rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , philosophy. If but for an instant he could escape from the prison walls of this faith, his "self consciousness" would be immediately destroyed. 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: to escape ourselves not a very welcoming thought, I must admit!
On the whole: excellent essay rich with nuggets of Nietzschean wisdom interplayed with his 'somewhat' cynical humour. A great read. Aug 16, Kyle van Oosterum rated it it was amazing Shelves: philosophy.
Truth is like a spider web, which is delicate enough to be carried by the waves, but strong enough to not be blown apart. 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. A philologist by Truth is like a spider web, which is delicate enough to be carried by the waves, but strong enough to not be blown apart.
A philologist by training, Nietzsche holds firm by the idea that there are no ideas or concepts or any actual sense data outside of metaphors - ascribing words to objects. Truth consists of a series of anthropomorphisms or "words", which we have learnt to imprint on our species. This simple idea calls into question everything that you can actually know or what you actually can't, in the first five pages.
When someone deceives us, we are not actually mad about the deception itself. We are mad about the effect it has on our lives. In the same way, we will desire truth insomuch as it has a positive effect on our lives, or we will just manufacture illusions to compensate for the lack of truth or our inability to find it. I highly recommend this essay PDF versions galore for its somewhat cleansing effects on the mind and for its lack of rigidity and bias.
If not for that, for a masterful use of language, which will certainly entertain any reader.
Mar 24, Agostinho Paulo rated it it was amazing. Penned shortly after 'The Birth Of Tragedy', this short, concise and highly readable essay is very reminiscent of the later works of Wittgenstein language games and Alfred Korzibsky general semantics. 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. A little over 30 pages long, I'd definitely suggest this work for anyone interested in getting into Nietzsche.
It's easy to present truth as illusory when you haven't defined it or established a full context for it. Yet, Nietzsche demonstrates his thesis by attempting to divine the truth about "truth" by way of intuition and clever metaphor. He paints the truth-seeker as a deceiver and pretender--and he does so consistently, as this essay is just such a deception. Nov 25, Brandon Henke rated it it was amazing Shelves: philosophy. Truth as adherence to metaphor.
Popular Features. Political Research Quarterly. Every word immediately becomes a concept, inasmuch as it is not intended to serve as a reminder of the unique and wholly individualized original experience to which it owes its birth, but must at the same time fit innumerable, more or less similar cases—which means, strictly speaking, never equal—in other words, a lot of unequal cases. But man has an invincible inclination to allow himself to be deceived and is, as it were, enchanted with happiness when the rhapsodist tells him epic fables as if they were true This approach is thus a means of exposing, a rhetorical strategy that prepares the way to other kinds of discoveries. View all 9 comments.
Concept as an edifice constructed by these associations of language. Here we catch the first rays of Nietzsche's dawn of supra-morality. Very short, but very dense. Dec 14, Kaamesh Singam rated it it was amazing. I read this essay twice. And during both the turns, I read every paragraph twice or thrice. Having said that, I still feel that I should read it again, after some time. Maybe after some months or years. Because Nietzsche was not an ordinary human being. Now, here are some of the points that I understood from this essay, which I think are worth mentioning: Nature doesn't care about humans; neither does the universe.
Humans are just ephemeral beings who just occupy some time-frames in this vast and I read this essay twice. Humans are just ephemeral beings who just occupy some time-frames in this vast and unlimited, maybe timeless or beyond-time, universe. It is pointless, or, even absurd of humans to talk about time and its connection with universe. Or about the characteristics of Nature. Because our intellect is not something that is rare or 'miraculous', using which we can understand everything, using which we can even find God!
Our intellect doesn't have that capacity. It is just a product of evolution. For all we know, thinking for humans may be the same as flying is for birds. 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. Thinking has only one purpose for humans: to interact with our environment and hence change it and make use of it for our own benefits; but when we try to extend its function and try to understand the nature and origin of existence itself, that is, when we try to acquire Objective knowledge, we will always find ourselves at a loss.