File spoon-archives/nietzsche.archive/nietzsche_2000/nietzsche.0006, message 25

Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 10:22:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: RE: the falsity of a judgement ......

Judgments and arguments fall often as easily as they are erected. So many
are contradictions! Some just pose as arguments and are in reality nothing
more than /reactions/ full of generalization and bad grammar. Thus, so many
intelligent people ask what the point of all of this 'philosophizing' is?
Maybe the issue becomes teleology? A betterment of the human condition
perhaps? But that certainly does not mean much to me and I have a feeling
that N. thought such 'humanism' was a bit superficial as well.  Personally,
I consider it dangerous.  The relation to life in general (also in a Greek
sense of an 'ethic of the self') was important to N. and I think this is
what this passage is about; a life-affirmation. Afterall, maybe it is the
effect of a judgment upon this relationship that is important and not the
its logical truth-value?  Maybe this is why it pays off to read philosophy
and literature that is not 'relevant' today?

But all this is speculation on my part so do not beat me up for it. I am
taking this passage completely out of context and I did not do my homework
on it before posting this.

What I would like to know is what he means by species-advancing and
species-breeding. Ubermensch?

"The falsity of a judgment is to us not necessarily an objection to a
judgement ... The Qestion is to what extent it is life-advancing,
life-preserving, species-preserving, perhaps even species-breeding ..."
("On the Prejudice of Philosophers",Beyond Good and Evil (Hollingdale

What do you all think this means ?

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