“On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense”) is an (initially) unpublished work of Friedrich Nietzsche written in , one year after The Birth of Tragedy.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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When held in comparison to other philosophers, N is a conceptual loon. Nietzsche criticizes the rationalist because he treates man as the measure for everything hence thinking that there is an imminent object infront of him.

Then interesting sucker punch. How to articulate this? Nov 26, Rakhi Dalal rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This idea of intuitive versus rational man, was a bit far-fetched for me, in the sense of can such an ‘intuitive’ man exist?

Whenever, as was perhaps the case in ancient Greece, the intuitive man handles his weapons more authoritatively and victoriously than his opponent, then, under favorable circumstances, a culture can take shape and art’s mastery over life can be established.

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

We know nothing whatsoever about an essential quality called “honesty”; but we do know of countless individualized and consequently unequal actions which we equate by omitting the aspects in which they are unequal and which we now designate as “honest” actions. There is no rigidity of concepts and science and nketzsche in this mythological world of the intuitive man.


Positions Aesthetics Formalism Institutionalism Aesthetic response. Overall brilliant, will take Nietzche the next quarter, and may update comment later.

On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense

This structure of concepts is so articulately categorized that truth can only be found in the accurate sense in the designated category without any violation strictly belonging to same class and order.

How far this oversteps the canons of certainty! What then is truth? But everything marvelous about the laws of nature, everything that quite astonishes us therein and seems to demand explanation, everything that might lead us to distrust idealism: Even the relationship of a nerve stimulus to llies generated image is not a necessary one.

Every concept originates through our frierrich what is unequal. Netzsche be sure, he suffers more intensely, when he suffers; he even suffers more frequently, since he does not understand how to learn from experience and keeps falling over and over again into the same ditch. Ancient Medieval Modern Contemporary.

On Truth and Lies in an Extra-Moral Sense – Modernism Lab

They both desire to rule over life: Whereas each perceptual metaphor is individual and without equals and is therefore able to elude all classification, the great edifice of concepts displays the rigid nonmora, of a Roman columbarium and exhales in logic that strength and coolness which is characteristic of mathematics. In Hegelian terms, the true truth is this negation of a negation. He forgets that the original perceptual metaphors are metaphors and takes them to be the things themselves. In liee with this, it of course follows that the artistic process of metaphor formation with which every sensation begins in us already teuth these forms and thus occurs within them.

Striving for rationality, we maintain a defensive orientation, stuck at the level of need. To be more precise he criticizes the notion that we can categorize something without knowing the thing-in-itself.


This drive continually confuses the conceptual categories and cells by bringing forward new transferences, metaphors, and metonymies. After nature had drawn a few breaths the star grew cold, and the clever animals had to die.

However, provides me a new insight into Nietzche’s idea, and changed my old idea of Nietzche as a pop philosophy writer lol. The name of a word causes a nerve stimulation which is jonmoral into a metaphor image and then the image is imitated in second metaphor sound. Thus, in the first part of his essay, Nietzsche proposes that there is no universal objective truth, and that the concepts of language are powerless to communicate total truth.

On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense by Friedrich Nietzsche

Man lies in accordance with the centuries old habits which in unconsciousness become a part of his rational being. The latter is just as irrational as the former is inartistic.

Truth consists of a series of anthropomorphisms or “words”, which we have learnt to imprint on our species.

At the risk of paraphrasing, this makes sense within this perspective, yet is there a purpose for exhausting time and common labels, or just naming everything, when speaking colloquially? Nietzsche distinguishes between the man of intuition and the man of abstraction.

Are they perhaps products of knowledge, that is, of the sense of truth? As the essay approaches the end, it becomes more mystical. All the words are random designations.