Nietzsche – Beyond Good and Evil

Nietzsche – “Desconstruindo gigantes” by Emerson Pingarilhon.

Aged Quill presents: Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche. Sixth Chapter. “Us Scholars”. Narrated by Joseph Voelbel.

An excerpt from Beyond Good and Evil is now available for streaming.

Aged Quill presents: ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ by Friedrich Nietzsche (1886). Sixth Chapter. ‘Us Scholars’. Narrated by Joseph Voelbel. Image, Nietzsche – “Desconstruindo gigantes” by Emerson Pingarilhon.

In this chapter Nietzsche discusses his loathing of skeptics, and differentiates between them and critics, as well as differentiates scholars and scientists from philosophers. This chapter is a slow burn, and doesn’t really get into Nietzsche’s opinion of what a philosopher truly is until around the last third of it. However, when he does explain what a philosopher is Nietzsche’s hope for its true growth is palpable.

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Here are are two excerpts from this chapter:

It is always more obvious to me that the philosopher, as a man ‘indespensable’ for the morrow and the day after the morrow, has ever found himself, and ‘has been obliged’ to find himself, in contradiction to the day in which he lives; his enemy has always been the ideal of his day. Hitherto all those extraordinary furtherers of humanity whom one calls philosophers – who rarely regarded themseleves as lovers of wisdom, but rather as disabreeable fools and dangerous interrogators – have found their mission, their hard, involuntary, imperative mission (in the end however the greatness of their mission) in being the bad conscience of the age. In putting the vivisector’s knife to the breast of the very ‘virtues of their age’, they ahve betrayed their own secret; it has been for the sake of a ‘new’ greateness of man, a new untrodden path to his aggrandisement.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is difficult to learn what a philosopher is, because it cannot be taught: one must “know” it by experience – or one should have the pride ‘not’ to know it. The fact that a present people all talk of things of which they ‘cannot’ have any experience, is true more especially and unfortunately as concerns the philosopher and philosophical matters: – the very few know them, are permitted to know them, and all popular ideas about them are false. Thus, for instance, the truly philosophical combination of a bold, exuberant spirituality which runs at a ‘preso’ pace, and a dialectic rigour and necessity which makes no false step, is unknown to most thinkers and scholars from their own experience, and therefore, should any one speak of it in their presence, it is incredible to them.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche