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Gareth Southwell's A Beginner's Guide to Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil PDF

By Gareth Southwell

ISBN-10: 1405160055

ISBN-13: 9781405160056

A concise and intensely readable precis of Nietzsche's Beyond solid and Evil, aimed at scholars embarking on their reports and basic readers. it's an excellent better half for these new to the examine of this tough and sometimes misunderstood classic.

* deals transparent motives of the imperative issues and ideas, terminology, and arguments
* features a thesaurus of inauspicious phrases in addition to important biographical and historic information
* Illustrates arguments and concepts with beneficial tables, diagrams, and photographs; and comprises references to additional readings
* types a part of a chain of publications designed in particular for A-level philosophy scholars through an skilled instructor and founding father of the preferred web site Philosophy on-line

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Underlying these ideas is Nietzsche’s conception of the tragic. What is tragic to one individual is not necessarily so to another, and the increased ‘distance’ that the free spirit may ascend to may make even tragedy lose its edge (see section 30). Unlike Schopenhauer, Nietzsche does not have a pessimistic view of life and, in this sense, his philosophy seeks to go ‘beyond’ the tragic. But there is also a sense in which tragedy is a necessary thing: the isolation of the true philosopher and his misunderstanding by the common man is a tragic necessity – they cannot understand him, and nor can he share in their experiences.

Just as in previous sections he has argued that notions of ‘self ’ and ‘cause and effect’ are ideas which are determined by language, so – more generally – he is arguing here that whole philosophies are limited by the way in which we are able to express ourselves. g. the “Ural–Altaic languages”23), it may be possible to have a different view of the world because the grammar is different, and would allow different thoughts to exist (such as a different notion of the ‘subject’ or self). 24 Section 21 The basis of the concept of ‘free will’ is the idea that a thing may be causa sui – literally (from the Latin), the ‘cause of itself ’.

It is a mistake, Nietzsche argues, based on the analysis of language (that there is a subject, ‘I’, and a predicate, ‘think’), whereas this has no bearing on reality. Furthermore, the temptation to think of the ‘I’ or ‘cause’ is simply another example of the psychological need to think of something as having a centre or ‘atom’. Key Concepts: the Cogito immediate certainties (the 6th philosophical prejudice) Sections 18 and 19 These two sections concentrate on the long-running philosophical controversy concerning the notion of free will.

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