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Is Nietzsche's philosophy a ploy for him to feel like the greatest, most badass philosopher of all time? One of his main questions, if not is main question, is "What is the value of morality?" He boasts about being the first person in history with the courage to ask this question. Maybe philosophers before him considered it (Schopenhauer) but realized it's a retarded question that doesn't warrant being at the center of a philosophy.
Perhaps he couldn't find his big idea, his big question, but didn't want to remain a simple philologist/skeptic/disciple of Schopenhauer/cultural critic and this was the only thing he could think of. Instead, he took his culture criticism to the most extreme level possible and inverted Schopenhauer's philosophy.
In a crude nutshell, this aspect of his philosophy is: MORALITY IS A SIGN OF DECADENCE AND IT IMPEDES ON LIFE UNLEASHING ITSELF 100% FOR SUPERIOR POLISH BEINGS LIKE ME IMAGINE HOW GREAT THINGS WOULD BE IF THERE WERE NO MORALS HOLDING BACK SUPERIOR INTELLECTS PASCAL WOULD HAVE DISCOVERED SOME MATHEMATICAL SOLUTION THAT NOBODY CARES ABOUT WE LOST A WHOLE BOOK BECAUSE OF CHRISTIANITY GOD DAMN IT OH THE POSSIBILITIES CUT THE CHAINS MY HOUND NOSE CAN SMELL THE NIHILISM IN EVERY SINGLE PERSON LIVING CONTEMPORANEOUSLY WITH ME I AM THE ONE AND ONLY PERSON WHO LOVES LIFE AND EVERYONE ELSE IS A PUSSY PHILISTINE LOSER EVERYONE IN HISTORY BESIDES ME, CAESAR, HERACLITUS, AND GOETHE I AM #1 FUCK THE POOR FUCK DEMOCRACY WHY CAN'T I BE A COMPOSER LIKE WAGNER.
I realize his views on other topics like truth, cultural health, feminism, anti-antisemitism, scientism, etc. are awesome in their own right, but what do you guys think about his views on morality as an obstacle/symptom of decadence? It seems like he exaggerated the impact of religion. If we are mostly instinctual beings, it is possible for pity to be explained biologically, especially since most people continue to feel that way despite no longer being indoctrinated by religion. Some of his Lamarckian racial stuff is off-putting too.
Even then, there are two types of everything for Nietzsche, including pity, and all of this could be a consequence of his hatred for egalitarianism.
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ITT, we list some ideas, literary movements, themes, etc. that we are interested in, and posters recommend books that encapsulate the spirit of the aforementioned.
Things I like:
>dark americana (southern gothic, american gothic, etc)
>kafkaesque magical realism/surrealism
A book I would like is: