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Tolstoy vs Nietzsche Thesis- Reason tolstory was so unhappy bc slave moralityIt seemed then that the meaning of life was not found in any rational, intellectual knowledge but rather “in an irrational knowledge. This irrational knowledge was faith…” Tolstoy says he must choose between reason, from which it follows that there is no meaning, and faith, which entails rejecting reason. What follows is that if reason leads to the conclusion that nothing makes sense, then reason is irrational. And if irrationality leads to meaning, then irrationality is rational.I understand and empathize with Tolstoy feelings and opinions, but I can’t accept his solution. I reject the religious solution to the problem of the meaning of life.1)common faith is religion and according to Nietzsche religious makes us weak. Reject truths to be happy and religion doesn’t make u actually happy just fake Happy2)religion still doesn’t prove or give real answers he is choosing to let it3)so he views all that as meaningless bc he couldn’t accept anything elseTolstoyWhen Tolstoy reached the height of his career as a writer, he began to wonder. In a crisis, he reached a standstill on the meaning of life as he got closer to death, he even contemplated suicide because he could no longer live without meaning. “My confession”, is about his crisis, it was written in 1882 by Tolstoy. He mentions that he wrote to take care of his family and distract himself from questions he had about the meaning of his life. Later, at the height of his career, he

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