Sunday, July 27, 2008

Nietzsche in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern

It seems that Nietzsche was almost as arrogant as Wittgenstein (see below), but was ‘crazy’ in a different way (and they both had no friends). Strathern describes Nietzsche’s writing as aphoristic and unsystematic. When it is added that he also didn’t support most (any?) of his ideas with evidence, I can more clearly recognize why I dislike his writing style.

Despite his many useful contributions, his notion of “eternal recurrence” makes little sense, the “will to power” still begs the question, and even the “uberman” isn’t exactly what I would hope it to be.

So, once again, Nietzsche – not so pietzsche.


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