Category: Friedrich Nietzsche

Whence comes nihilism, the uncanniest of all guests?By Lou…

Whence comes nihilism, the uncanniest of all guests?

By Lou Keep

Friedrich Nietzsche was most famously concerned with the problem of nihilism. All societies, in his view, rely on implicit value judgments. If the foundations of these are lost, he predicts terrible consequences: widespread apathy or violent, fanatical attempts to reclaim a sense of purpose, or perhaps both. We talk about values a lot, and we know they do something, but we have little idea how. Compounding this is uncertainty over their loss. Nihilism is not a choice or intellectual commitment, but a thing that comes upon you. As Nietzsche put it in 1885: ‘Nihilism stands at the door. Whence comes this uncanniest of all guests?’

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“Either we have no dreams or our dreams are interesting. One must learn to be awake in the same…”

“Either we have no dreams or our dreams are interesting. One must learn to be awake in the same fashion: either not at all, or in an interesting manner.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Either we have no dreams or our dreams are interesting. One must learn to be awake in the same…”

“Either we have no dreams or our dreams are interesting. One must learn to be awake in the same fashion: either not at all, or in an interesting manner.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Change becomes youBeing the same person over time is not about…

Change becomes you

Being the same person over time is not about holding on to every aspect of your current self but about changing purposefully

By Kevin Tobia

‘Six years have passed since I discovered that my son was using drugs,’ wrote Vincenzina Urzia in Anthony and Me (2014), a memoir of her son’s drug addiction. ‘I was really sad all the time and devastated, not to mention how worried I was about his wellbeing. My son was not the same person anymore.’

This is a puzzling idea, for someone to become ‘not the same person any more’. The phrase smacks of philosophy – perhaps even obscurity. Yet it is simultaneously apt, capturing the emotive sense of no longer recognising someone whom we once knew. Many have witnessed someone they loved change so profoundly that the person remaining seems an entirely different one.

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“One pays dearly for being immortal: one must die many times during his life.”

“One pays dearly for being immortal: one must die many times during his life.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“There is yet another world to be discovered – and more than…

“There is yet another world to be discovered – and more than one. Embark, philosophers.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Oh, how tired I am of insufficiency!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Oh, how tired I am of insufficiency!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich…

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The arrogant man – that is to say, he who desires to appear…

“The arrogant man – that is to say, he who desires to appear more than he is or passes for – always miscalculates.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker,…

“Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier, simpler.” – Friedrich Nietzsche