“On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense”) is an (initially) unpublished work of Friedrich Nietzsche written in , one year after The Birth of Tragedy.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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I don’t know whether this is an extreme case of Bertrand Russel likening philosophy to a recreational flights of fancy, or simply too incoherent to be understood in a linear read. Everything which distinguishes man from the animals depends upon this ability to volatilize perceptual metaphors in a schema, and thus to dissolve an image into a concept.

The inferences from words, according to Nietzsche, further, is a result of false application and not of truth for if we cared much for truth then there would have been decisive standpoints of certainty instead of subjective stimulation. Just as one cannot expect birds to find the so-called absolute ‘Truth’ through their flying, in the same way, one cannot also expect humans to find such absolute Truths nonmogal their thinking.

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

No trivia or quizzes yet. What is a word? Nonmiral language, proposes Nietzsche, is lacking in truth because words are merely imperfect metaphors for a unique stimulus. Because our intellect is not something that is rare or ‘miraculous’, using which we can understand everything, using which we can even find God!

That is to say, it is a thoroughly anthropomorphic truth which contains not a single point which would be “true in itself” or really and universally valid apart from man. Amo letteralmente questo tedesco psicopatico, davvero, e dovreste farlo tutti! That is to say, this conceptual edifice is an imitation of temporal, spatial, and numerical relationships in the domain of metaphor.


These ideas about truth and its relation to human language have been particularly influential among postmodern theorists, and “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense” is one of the works most responsible for Nietzsche’s reputation albeit a contentious one as “the godfather of postmodernism.

A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms—in short, a sum of human relations which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical, and obligatory to a people: For the contrast between truth and lie arises here for the first time. Gibt es eine sinnliche Philosophie und eine intellektuelle Literatur? Here one may certainly admire man as a mighty genius of construction, who succeeds in piling an infinitely complicated dome of concepts upon an unstable foundation, and, as it were, on running water.

Only by forgetting this primitive world of metaphor can one live with any repose, security, and consistency: Nietzsche begins the essay on a misanthropic note. Around halfway through I did kind of get the chills, a ‘my life is literally a lie’, but it was a very meditated and concentrated chill.

On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense – Wikipedia

This drive continually confuses the conceptual categories and cells by bringing forward new transferences, metaphors, and metonymies. With creative pleasure it throws metaphors into confusion and displaces the boundary stones of abstractions, so that, for example, it designates the stream as “the moving path which carries man where he would otherwise walk.

But Nietzsche also gives importance to the man of abstraction too. Only through forgetfulness can man ever achieve the illusion of possessing a “truth” in the sense just designated. According to Paul F. That is to say again: So einfach ist das. So long liew it is able to deceive without injuringthat master of deception, the intellect, is free; it is released from its former slavery and celebrates its Saturnalia.

Even though N views it as natural for we humans to be at the mercy of the dissimulation fostered by our unique vantage points as individuals, we humans nevertheless have decided it was best to settle for a common language of lopsided truth which we share amongst our peers to this very day.


And it is worth it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Want to Read saving…. The original German is here: In a similarly limited way fiedrich wants the truth: View all 9 comments.

The physicist is invested in examining the laws of nature, e. Jan 25, Arcadia rated it really liked it. For between two absolutely different spheres, as between subject and object, there is no causality, no correctness, and no expression; there is, at most, an aesthetic relation: And during both the turns, I read every paragraph twice or thrice.

We still do not know where nonmorzl urge for truth comes from; for as yet we have heard only of the obligation imposed by society that it should exist: In this essay, Nietzsche attempts to view the entirety of human existence from a great distance and concludes by rejecting altogether the idea of universal constants.

We live in a shallow world which is, barring nature, nothing but the manifestation of the superficial lives that people subsist in. Maybe their value of g, acceleration due to gravity, will be different from ours.

It is the need to be accepted socially. To use a concept is to treat liws things as if they were the same. Every concept originates through our equating what is unequal. Section 2 In the second section of the essay, Nietzsche compares the actions and lives of two hypothetical figures: If but for an instant he could escape from the prison walls of this faith, his “self consciousness” would be immediately destroyed.