Friday, April 21, 2017

Friedrich Nietzsche: What is knowledge?

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was an influential philosopher best known for his analysis of reality, morality and many other philosophical topics. Philosopher Paul Tilich said,
Nietzsche is the most impressive and effective representative of what could be called a 'philosophy of life'. Life in this term is the process in which the power of being actualizes itself. (The Courage to Be, 1952)
This post is a collection of my favorite quotes from Nietzsche.

What is knowledge?

"We have seen how it is originally language which works on the construction of concepts, a labor taken over in later ages by science." (On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense, 1873)

"We believe that we know something about the things themselves when we speak of trees, colors, snow, and flowers; and yet we possess nothing but metaphors for things - metaphors which correspond in no way to the original entities." (On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense, 1873)

"The man of action binds his life to reason and its concepts so that he will not be swept away and lost; the scientific investigator builds his hut right next to the tower of science so that he will be able to work on it and to find shelter for himself beneath those bulwarks which presently exist." (On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense, 1873)

"To what extent can truth endure incorporation? That is the question; that is the experiment." (The Gay Science, 1882)

"The drive toward the formation of metaphors is the fundamental human drive, which one cannot for a single instant dispense with in thought, for one would thereby dispense with man himself." (On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense, 1873)

"The value of many men and books rests solely on their faculty for compelling all to speak out the most hidden and intimate things." (Quoted in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations)

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