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Andrew Vlock English 101 Nietzsche Essay November 13, 2007 Nietzsche and the American Dream In Fredrich Nietzsche’s “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense” , Nietzsche discussed man’s most glaring and inherent flaw: his search for truth . Nietzsche was most angered by the ignorance and willingness of man to accept lies as truth . He stated that , “The pride connected with knowing and sensing , lies like a blinding fog over the eyes and sense of men , thus deceiving them concerning the value of existence” (451-452) . By this he meant that man is blinded by the perception of knowledge and cannot really understand his surroundings to the extent he thinks he does . To demonstrate how man’s perceptions blind him, Nietzsche used language as an example . He believed that an object , no matter how simple or complex , cannot be explained in a title or description . Man articulates objects and uniqueness into concepts and words . He said , “We have seen how it is originally language which works on the construction of concepts , a labor taken over in later ages by science …so science works unceasingly on this great columbarium of concepts , the graveyard of perceptions” (458) . Man’s perception of what is true and his creation of concepts to perceive the world , in turn create restrictions and boundaries through which he perceives . Nietzsche believed fervently that language is the root of lies . Unfortunately , language is a necessary evil through which to express one’s self in a functional society . Within its restriction Nietzsche suggested peace and truth could be found . Nietzsche felt that only the intuitive man could only achieve this truth and said:
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There are ages in which the rational man and the intuitive man stand side by side , the one in fear of intuition
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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