Nietzsche's Truth

Nietzsche's Truth - says, from the second man observes...

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The main point of Nietzsche’s argument is that man lives in a world that he has created from illusions. There are no truths, only concepts that man has invested his belief into. This is most notably seen through language and words. Truth is anthropomorphic in that man ascribes concepts and words to the things that he observes. Once man affixes a word to an observance, it is no longer the thing that he has observed but an illusion he has created, as seen through Nietzsche’s example of the leaf on page four. Man takes nature and turns it into a human concept. Truth is anthropocentric in much the same way. The concepts and meanings that man gives to things is based on the human viewpoint. Thus, man places himself as the center of the universe, declaring his viewpoint as the most important and most correct. Man’s quest for truth is not for actual truth. It is for the truth of the world in reference to man. Truth is made metaphorical by man’s need to explain the world. As Nietzsche
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Unformatted text preview: says, from the second man observes something, it is transformed into a “nerve stimulus,” which is the first metaphor, or illusion, that man creates. Each layer of the observed object or phenomenon – sound, name, etc – is then an additional metaphor that man gives in place of the truth. Lying is the vehicle through which man legitimizes his truth. It is a reference point by which man’s truth can be shown to be a truth. At the same time, however, man’s truth is essentially a lie. But this lie-truth is accepted by the general public and thus is recognized as a truth. This is what Nietzsche calls being “rational.” According to Nietzsche, we cannot live in a world in which the truth is unstable. Nietzsche’s argument stands on the idea that it is man’s “fundamental human drive” to create truths. It is possible for these truths to be reevaluated and changed, but there will always be some concept or metaphor for everything....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course FSEM 106 taught by Professor Godfrey during the Fall '06 term at Colgate.

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