NIETZSCHE: The Eternal Recurrence

In Nietzsche’s book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, there are three major teachings Zarathustra has to offer: the Will to Power, the conception of the Eternal Recurrence and the advocacy of the Overman. The eternal recurrence is a central notion of Nietzsche’s thought. In Ecce Homo, he states: “I now wish to relate the history of Zarathustra.Continue reading “NIETZSCHE: The Eternal Recurrence”

NIETZSCHE: The Will to Power

In Nietzsche’s book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, there are three major teachings Zarathustra has to offer: the Will to Power, the conception of the Eternal Recurrence and the advocacy of the Overman. In this post we will explore the meaning behind the will to power. Introduction The will to power is one of the most fundamentalContinue reading “NIETZSCHE: The Will to Power”

The Three Metamorphoses – Nietzsche

In Nietzsche’s book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, he presents three stages in life for self-overcoming: the camel, the lion, and the child. 1. The Camel The spirit first becomes a camel, but not everybody can become a camel. There are many heavy things for the spirit, things that weigh upon us (our vanity, the satisfaction ofContinue reading “The Three Metamorphoses – Nietzsche”

Nietzsche – God Is Dead: The Decline of Christianity

Perhaps one of Nietzsche’s most famous statements is his proclamation of the death of god: “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under ourContinue reading “Nietzsche – God Is Dead: The Decline of Christianity”

Nietzsche on Human Nobility

Nietzsche speaks of the idea of vornehmheit or human nobility. That it is not within knowledge per se. Knowledge is not something one can have like a detached thing that one possesses, but rather the knowing subject has to live his knowledge, it becomes associated to how much truth one can endure. The nobility inContinue reading “Nietzsche on Human Nobility”

Nietzsche on Perspectivism

Nietzsche’s doctrine of perspectivism claims that our view of the world and the statements we take to be true, depend on our perspective of the world. Thus, it gives rise to the epistemological thesis that our knowledge claims can never be true in an absolute or objective sense. Perspectivism lays the foundations of Nietzsche’s thought,Continue reading “Nietzsche on Perspectivism”

Nietzsche on Self-Overcoming

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher of the 19th century, one of the most revolutionary thinkers in Western philosophy and intellectual history. He was a cultural critic of his era, of traditional European morality and religious fundamentalism, especially of Christianity. Nietzsche heavily emphasised the concept of selbstüberwindung or self-overcoming. By this, he means the actContinue reading “Nietzsche on Self-Overcoming”

Book Review: Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Notes from the Underground is a novel published by Dostoevsky in 1864. It remains as one of the most important works of existentialist literature. In this work Dostoevsky attempts to justify the existence of individual freedom as a necessary part of humankind. The novel consists of two parts. The first one, titled simply “Underground” isContinue reading “Book Review: Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky”

Book Review: Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment remains the single most widely known Russian novel as well as one of the greatest works in world literature. It is first and foremost a fascinating detective novel, but one in which we know from the very beginning who committed the heinous crime. It focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmasContinue reading “Book Review: Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky”

Book Review: Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu

The Tao Te Ching is the fundamental book for the philosophy of Taoism, attributed to the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, who was said to be a contemporary of Confucius during the 5th or 6th century BC. All his life, Lao Tzu taught that “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao”, whichContinue reading “Book Review: Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu”