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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.
- Fall '06