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By Friedrich Nietzsche

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Best recognized for his seminal works on faith, morality, existentialism, and modern tradition, resembling The delivery of Tragedy and Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche focuses his penetrating perception on assessing the character of fact during this concise and hugely readable assortment that charts the good philosopher's writings on fact. becoming a member of Heidegger’s Basic Writings, The crucial Schopenhauer, and different books within the Harper Perennial glossy idea sequence, On fact and Untruth offers extraordinary entry to “the so much influential of the good philosophers” (New Yorker).

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Even on this level, it is at bottom not deception they hate but the dire, inimical con­ sequences of certain kinds of deception. So, ON TRUTH A N D L I E IN A NONMORAL SENSE 23 too, only to a limited extent does man want truth. He desires the pleasant, life-preserving consequences of truth; to pure knowledge without consequences he is indifferent, to po­ tentially harmful and destructive truths he is even hostile. And besides, what is the status of those linguistic conventions? Are they perhaps products of knowledge, of our sense for truth?

Now it has cast off all signs of servitude: it is usually at pains, with gloomy busyness, to show the way to some poor in­ dividual with a craving for existence, or, like a servant setting out in search of plunder and booty for his master, it has now become master and can wipe the expression of neediness from its face. Everything it does now, in contrast to its earlier deeds, involves dissimulation, just as * Ancient Roman winter festival of eating, drinking, merriment, and the playful suspension or reversal of social roles, for exam­ ple, those of masters and slaves.

Everything that distinguishes man from beast hinges on this capacity to dispel intuitive metaphors in a schema, hence to d issolve an image into a concept. For in the realm of those schemata something becomes possible that could never be achieved by intui­ tive first impressions, namely, the construction of a pyramidal order of castes and degrees, creating a new world of laws, privileges, subor­ dinations, and boundary demarcations, which now stands over against the other intuitive ON TRUTH A N D L I E IN A NONMORAL SENSE 31 world of first impressions as the more fixed, more universal, more familiar, more human, hence someth�ng regulatory and imperative.

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