ARTSSCI 1A06 Chapter Nietzsche: ARTSSCI 1A06 Chapter : Reading Nietzsche
DepartmentArts & Science
Course CodeARTSSCI 1A06
ProfessorPeter Travis Kroeker
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"God is dead. [...] And we have killed him."
Rise of scientific rationality and atheism
Nietzsche's fear that we would have no morality from God/a higher power, and we would
descend into chaos
Proof that Nietzsche is not "anti-Semitic" and doesn't hold truly to either moral philosophy:
"While master morality is better off for lacking ressentiment, it lacks the discipline and self-
control necessary to fit Nietzsche's ideal."
"To illustrate his point, Nietzsche takes as an example the sentence "lightning flashes."
Grammar would lead us to conclude that there is a subject—"lightning"—and a
predicate—"flashes." But what is the lightning if not the flash? Nietzsche argues that grammar,
and only grammar, has led us to think of actions in terms of subjects and predicates. In reality,
he suggests, "'the doer' is merely a fiction added to the deed—the deed is everything."
Therefore: "When slave morality lauds its conception of "good," praising all those who
do not kill, hurt, or offend, it is essentially praising all those who are too powerless to
cause any harm for not causing any harm."
"hatred and ressentiment being paraded as "Christian love.""
Grammar has thus led us to think of a bird of prey as somehow separate from its expressions
of strength, and thereby free either to kill or not to kill. On the contrary, Nietzsche suggests,
the bird of prey is the strength is the killing. The lamb's morality is in no position to hold the
bird of prey accountable for killing: that would be equivalent to blaming it for existing."
Good vs evil: The ideas of ressentiment (resentment; the Jews and their Christianity; the
masters are "evil", and good is the afterthought to define themselves)
Good and bad: The ideas of the master morality (they themselves are "good", and "bad"
is the afterthought to define the slaves)
"the struggle between "good and evil" and "good and bad" is one of the oldest and greatest
on earth, and that the "good and evil" of ressentiment has unquestionably come out on top.
He asks, however, if there might be a resurgence of the overthrown master morality,
suggesting that we might will this with all our might."
But this still seems to presume some implicit form of morality that we all know of?
“we are not accountable to some higher ideal of justice, but we are accountable to
ourselves, and if we are worth our salt, we will be far harsher judges than any higher
ideal could be”
“Nietzsche suggests that justice, as we understand it, is an invention of the powerless: they
are unable to take their own revenge, to make their own right, and so they invent an
abstract ideal of "justice" that will prove them right, in heaven if not on earth”
The Ten Commandments and the Christian God's morals make things too easy
Value creators call themselves truthful and know the truth, but hmmm
January 12, 2020
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