On Truth and Untruth: Selected Writings by Friedrich Nietzsche

By Friedrich Nietzsche

“We proceed to dwell in the highbrow shadow forged through Nietzsche.” —New York instances e-book assessment

Best identified for his seminal works on faith, morality, existentialism, and modern tradition, reminiscent of The delivery of Tragedy and Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche focuses his penetrating perception on assessing the character of fact during this concise and hugely readable assortment that charts the good philosopher's writings on fact. becoming a member of Heidegger’s Basic Writings, The crucial Schopenhauer, and different books within the Harper Perennial sleek inspiration sequence, On fact and Untruth offers unheard of entry to “the such a lot influential of the nice philosophers” (New Yorker).

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Usually aspiring only to sincerity, truth, freedom from deception, and protection against beguiling attack, now, in misfortune, he deliv­ ers his masterpiece of dissimulation, just as the man of intuition did in happiness; his visage is not a wincing and expressive human face but like a mask with features of dignified symme­ try; he doesn't cry out or even change his tone of voice. If a dark storm cloud bursts upon him, he wraps himself up in his cloak and slowly walks out from under it. -How wonder­ ful and new and yet how eerie and ironic my knowledge makes me feel toward the whole of existence!

Those· enormous beams and planks of concepts to which man clings needily his whole life long to save himself are for the liberated intellect merely a scaffolding and plaything for its most daring feats; and in smashing it, mixing it up, reassembling it ironi­ cally, combining the most alien elements and separating those most closely connected, it dem­ onstrates that it has no need of such makeshifts of neediness and will from now on be led not by concepts but by intuitions. There is no regular path leading from those intuitions into the land of ghostly schemata, of abstractions: there are no words for them; man falls silent when he sees them or speaks in strictly forbidden metaphors and egregious combinations of concepts in order to correspond creatively to the impression of the powerful present intuition, at least by demolish­ ing and ridiculing the old conceptual restraints.

And besides, what is the status of those linguistic conventions? Are they perhaps products of knowledge, of our sense for truth? Do the designations and the things coincide? Is language the full and adequate expression of all realities? Only through forgetfulness can man ever come to imagine that he possesses truth to that degree. If he does not wish to rest content with truth in the form of a tautology, that is, with empty husks, he will forever be passing illu­ sions off as truths. What is a word?

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