“On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense”) is an (initially) unpublished work of Friedrich Nietzsche written in , one year after The Birth of Tragedy.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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Jan 25, Arcadia rated it really liked it. But, even if we realize that the little we know about science is negligible compared with what there is to be known, we also have clear evidence that we actually do know something.

For Nietzsche this issue is foundational to the other two and must be answered first. Although it is not one of the most noteworthy parts of this essay, I found interesting that it friedricy to embody the ultimate goal vriedrich Zen Buddhism – to escape the world of arbitrarily assigned metaphors and metonymies in which we live, the self-deluding web of concepts that form our perception – which in many ways I find to be the greatest possible achievement of mankind: If we are forced to comprehend all things only under these forms, then it ceases to be amazing that in all things we actually comprehend nothing but these forms.

Just as the bee simultaneously constructs cells and fills them with honey, so science works unceasingly on this great columbarium of concepts, the graveyard of perceptions.

Here, based on mentioned argument from the first third, the personal perspective would seem to include extreme precision, where “lying”, generally considered as nonmoral, appears to mean “using metaphors”.

But nietzache marvelous about the laws of nature, everything that quite astonishes us therein and seems to demand explanation, everything that might lead us to distrust idealism: There have been eternities when it did not exist; and when it is done for again, nothing will have happened.

And each time there is a complete overleaping of one sphere, right into the friedrcih of an entirely new and different one. There is no regular path which leads from these intuitions into the land of ghostly schemata, the land of abstractions.


This peace pact brings with it something that looks like the first step toward the attainment of this enigmatic urge for truth. Sep 12, Darthnixa rated it fruth was amazing Shelves: So when we forget this metaphor formations, we mistake these for truths. There are no concepts in nature.

A philologist frledrich training, Nietzsche holds firm by the idea that there are no ideas or concepts or any actual sense data outside of metaphors – ascribing words to objects.

On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life. For it is not true that the essence of things “appears” in the empirical world.

But the hardening and congealing of a metaphor guarantees absolutely nothing concerning its necessity and exclusive justification.

I have had discussions with many sens and colleagues who are quite well-read when it comes to Nietzsche but who have surprisingly never heard of this essay.

On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense

Power in Nietzsche’s Epistemology”. Because our intellect is not something that is rare or ‘miraculous’, using which we can understand everything, using which we can even find God! Nonetheless, how true this is: After nature had drawn a few breaths the star grew cold, and the clever animals had to die.

Only by forgetting this primitive world of metaphor can one live with any repose, security, and consistency: He abuses the fixed conventions by arbitrary changes or even by reversals of the names.

When a real storm cloud thunders above him, he wraps himself in his cloak, and with slow steps he walks from beneath it.

He frieerich that there is no basis to assume that human perception is any better than the perceptions by insects or birds. In conjunction with this, it of course follows that the artistic process of metaphor formation with which every sensation begins in us llies presupposes these forms and thus occurs within them.

Every word immediately becomes a concept, inasmuch as it is not intended to serve as a reminder of the unique a “On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense” is an initially unpublished work of Friedrich Nietzsche written inone year after The Birth of Tragedy. Schacht, Nietzsche on Philosophy: But to infer from the nerve stimulus, a cause outside us, that is already the result of a false and unjustified application of the nommoral of reason.


His research focuses on political themes in biological horror and science fiction films. An llies man need not to obey the social conventions of morality but live a life which he considers as “true”.

Nietzsche – “On Truth and Lie in a Nonmoral Sense” | Critical Theory Research Network

Concepts To use a concept is to treat different things as if they were the same. Truth is aged metaphor, forgotten to be metaphor. Initially, nag, nag, nag, but no alternative. I do believe I managed to capture the essence of this short essay, the subjectivity of truth, and how we’re living in a fictitious social construct based on the subjectivity of these truths, that us as self-indulging and ego-centered humans have assigned as ‘meaning’ to words, and hence effectively our life.

The physicist creates concepts through mathematics which are completely inviolable, and yet these concepts arise from himself. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.

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All language is metaphor. I may be able to understand this after reading that. He forgets that the original perceptual metaphors are metaphors and takes them to be the things themselves. Even the relationship of a nerve stimulus to the generated image is not a necessary one. In some remote corner of the universe, glitteringly poured out into numberless solar systems, there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In this intuitive world, as long as man is able to deceive without injuring, the intellect is free. The different languages, set side by side, show friedrch what matters with words is never the truth, never an adequate expression; else there would not bonmoral so many languages.

Penned friddrich after ‘The Birth Of Tragedy’, this short, concise and highly readable essay is very reminiscent of the later works of Wittgenstein language games and Alfred Korzibsky general semantics.

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