Archive for the ‘Nietzsche’ Category

Who is the greatest philosopher of all time? This is not a question to which we are likely to find a staightforward answer, but it remains an important one. The BBC ran a vote in 2005, and Karl Marx came out as the clear winner. But the list itself provdes a good starting point for […]


Bertrand Russell was one of the most well-known of British philosophers of the 20th century.  Here’s what he had to say about Nietzsche in his History of Western Philosophy.


Nietzsche gives his account of the origins of our moral prejudices in Zur Genealogie der Moral (‘On the Genealogy of Morals’).  You can find the whole text online at:  http://www.mala.bc.ca/~johnstoi/Nietzsche/genealogytofc.htm  


 You might be interested in this BBC documentary about Nietzsche…  You can see striking footage of Nietzsche on his death-bed on my other website at http://blackthumb.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/last-days-of-friedrich-nietzsche/ 


May I be forgiven the discovery that all moral philosophy hitherto has been boring – and that ‘virtue’ has in my eyes been harmed by nothing more than…by this boringness of its advocates; in saying which, however I should not want to overlook their general utility. It is important that as few people as possible […]


The ‘eternal return’ is supposed to regulate how ‘life affirming’ or ‘life-denying’ an action or morality is. This is the classic formulation that Nietzsche offers: “The greatest weight.– What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: “This life as you now live […]


“The mechanistic world is imagined only as sight and touch imagine a world (as “moved” ) –so as to be calculable– thus causal unities are invented, “things” (atoms) whose effect remains constant (–transference of the false concept of subject to the concept of the atom)… If we eliminate these additions, no things remain but only […]


Nietzsche began his career as a philologist (student of ancient text and languages) and developed an overriding interest in the Ancient Greeks, who he thought represented the peak of Western civilization before the onset of ‘slave’ or ‘herd’ morality which culminated in Christian, Utilitarian and Kantian systems of ethics (among others). Like Callicles, Nietzsche argued […]