File spoon-archives/nietzsche.archive/nietzsche_2000/nietzsche.0001, message 18


Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 14:20:36 -0600
Subject: Instinct


At 12:13 PM 1/20/00 -0500, Michal Klincewicz 
wrote:

>Right. . what do you
>mean when you say instinct? 

 Instinct is knowledge that is internalized.  It does not matter at all if
the knowledge is universally true or false.  The knowledge that Nietzsche
is concerned with is life.  Life is the big problem for Nietzsche,
Socrates, you and I, etc.  Suffering is a seemingly large objection to
life, and life is full of it.  

FW 11 "To this day the task of incorporating knowledge and making it
instinctive is only beginning to dawn on the human eye..."  
110" The strength of knowledge does not depend on its degree of truth but
on its age, on the degree to which it has been incorporated, on its
character as a condition of life... to what extent can truth endure
incorporation?  That is the question; that is the experiment." 
324 "Life as a means to knowledge."
	Internalizing all aspects of life, experimenting with them, discovering
which aspects are beneficiary and enhance the quality of life .  This gives
one knowledge and knowledge gives power.  Or internalized knowledge is
power. This knowledge is not gained through reason, and is not used by
reason.  The only way this knowledge is used is instinctually, and that is
why it must by incorporated and internalized.

 The Dionesian
>will to get intoxicated, to dance on tables, or to engage in some sort of
>debauchery is not necessarily instinctual. As far as 'instinct', for
>Nietzsche it is probably not the same as the Dionesian (the partner of
>Appolonian) aspect of human nature and it seems to me that N. was an
>advocate of a _balance_ between the Appolonian and the Dionesian.  

He gave this idea up.  How often outside of the BoT do you encounter
Apollo?  The important idea in this book is that Socrates was found to be a
decadent.

He was
>not an advocate of a 'Dionesian' lifestyle.

I don't think that you can say this.  Dionysos did not use reason, he was
the god of unreason.  He just did things naturally as they came to him.  On
the other hand, Apollo was the god of reason and when he did things he used
reason.

 -Dan



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