Human, All Too Human

Human, All Too Human

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by Friedrich Nietzsche, Alexander Harvey
     
 

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The first of his books to use aphorisms - though certainly not the last - Human, All Too Human breaks away from Friedrich Nietzsche's earlier book, The Birth of Tragedy, in both style and philosophy. Here we have this great writer's transition into the middle period of his career, with a strong emphasis on the metaphysical; in Nietzsche's opinion, in reference to the… See more details below

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The first of his books to use aphorisms - though certainly not the last - Human, All Too Human breaks away from Friedrich Nietzsche's earlier book, The Birth of Tragedy, in both style and philosophy. Here we have this great writer's transition into the middle period of his career, with a strong emphasis on the metaphysical; in Nietzsche's opinion, in reference to the title of this volume, only through understanding can we overcome what makes us "all too human." Though we recognize the brilliance of this thought today, at the time of publication in 1908 (in English), he was, alas, poorly received.

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ISBN-13:
9781612039664
Publisher:
Bottom of the Hill Publishing
Publication date:
02/27/2012
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
937,908
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

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THE RELIGIOUS LIFE. The Double Contest Against Evil.—If an evil afflicts us we can either so deal with it as to remove its cause or else so deal with it that its effect upon our feeling is changed; hence look upon the evil as a benefit of which the uses will perhaps first become evident in some subsequent period. Religion and art (and also the metaphysical philosophy) strive to effect an alteration of the feeling, partly by an alteration of our judgment respecting the experience (for example, with the aid of the dictum "whom God loves, he chastizes") partly by the awakening of a joy in pain, in emotion especially (whence the art of tragedy had its origin). The more one is disposed to interpret away and justify, the less likely he is to look directly at the causes of evil and eliminate them. An instant alleviation and narcotizing of pain, as is usual in the case of tooth ache, is sufficient for him even in the severest suffering. The more the domination of religions and of all narcotic arts declines, the more searchingly do men look to the elimination of evil itself, which is a rather bad thing for the tragic poets—for there is ever less and less material for tragedy, since the domain of unsparing, immutable destiny grows constantly more circumscribed — and a still worse thing for the priests, for these last have lived heretofore upon the narcoticizing of human ill. Sorrow is Knowledge.—How willingly would not one exchange the false assertions of the homines religiosi that there is a god who commands us to be good, who is the sentinel and witness of every act, every moment, every thought, who loves us, who plans our welfare in every misfortune—how willinglywould not one exchange these for truths as healing, beneficial and grateful as those delusions! But there are no s...

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