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Newly translated and edited by Taylor Carman, On Truth and Untruth charts Nietzsche’s evolving thinking on truth, which has exerted a powerful influence over modern and contemporary thought. This original collection features the complete text of the celebrated early essay “On Truth and Lie in a Nonmoral Sense” (“a keystone in Nietzsche’s thought” —Stanford Encyclopedia of ...more
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Published November 9th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1873)
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Steve
On Truth and Lies in an Extra-moral Sense

Friedrich Nietzsche's Uber Wahrheit Und Luge Im Außermoralischen Sinne (On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral(Extra-moral) Sense) is a fascinating little text written in 1873 (published posthumously) during the period of transition from dissatisfied classical philologist to the revolutionary philosopher/prophet he would become. It was dictated to a friend by the already half-blind 29 year old Nietzsche a year after the appearance of his first book, Die Gebur
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Cingashe Nogaya
It is really stretching me, i have always been intrigued by Nietzsche whom i have only been exposed to superficially, its takes some getting used to.
Andrea
Ist der Wunsch und der Akt, die Metaphern zum Tanzen zu bringen, Philosophie oder Literatur? Wenn Literatur das sinnliche Erscheinen und Philosophie das geistige Erscheinen der Idee ist, dann ist es Literatur. So einfach ist das. Oder doch nicht? Gibt es eine sinnliche Philosophie und eine intellektuelle Literatur? Dann ist Nietzsche nicht Fleisch, nicht Fisch, sondern ein tanzendes Zwitterwesen im Steinbruch des Diskurses.
Robert
Het menselijke intellect is niet meer dan een onbetekenende minuut in de evolutie van de wereld. Waarheden zijn leugens die zo vaak verteld zijn dat mensen zijn vergeten dat het leugens zijn. En het onderwijs? Dat wordt op twee manieren vernietigd. Doordat iedereen een universitaire opleiding moet krijgen, verwatert de wetenschap. Daarnaast eist de maatschappij van de wetenschap dat zij nuttig is. Daardoor zijn wetenschappers lopende-bandmedewerkers geworden. Slim op hun microgebiedje, maar onge ...more
David
As difficult as I expected, but in a good way. I expected this volume to be a good introduction to Nietzsche and was not disappointed. I'm looking forward to more!
MeMedesima
“Noi crediamo di sapere qualcosa delle cose stesse (…) e tuttavia non possediamo nient’altro che metafore delle cose”solo dimenticando questa sua attività metaforica, creatrice, l’uomo può arrivare a credere di possedere la verità come espressione della realtà che, si presenta in fine come una “enigmatica x” trasposta arbitrariamente."
Mohammad Hassan
It was crap. The book should come with a label that asks the reader whether he has read all the excerpts in context before, otherwise it's useless. You won't extract much but it's a good source if you're ever asked to write a paper on Nietzsche, existentialism and truth.
Kate
Apr 16, 2013 Kate rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the doubtful and the trusting
Recommended to Kate by: its dimensions
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"What do you know in advance of the character of existence to be able to decide whether the greater advantage is on the side of the unconditionally distrustful or the unconditionally trusting?"

God himself has proved to be our longest lie.
Nate Markham
i got this book for the early essay called "on truth and lie in a non moral sense" which contains some great arguments concerning truth and metaphysics. i didnt read the rest of it which is made up of quotes from his later work.
Sandra
Absolutely loved it. People have this idea about Nietzsche that is completely wrong, it really makes you question everything you've been taught and what is around you.
Δendrew
Worth getting for the early essay “On Truth and Lie in a Nonmoral Sense”. In my opinion, it is a vital piece in the Nietzsche corpus.
Mashinito
Un libro que tuve que leer en bachillerato para filosofía.

Nietzsche, bien explicado.
Emma T.
J'aurais aimé assister à un dîner mondain avec ce mec.
Taylor
Nov 15, 2010 Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900) is a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in, rather than those situated in a world beyond. Central to his philosophy is the ide ...more
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“In some remote corner of the universe, poured out and glittering in innumerable solar systems, there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge. That was the haughtiest and most mendacious minute of "world history"- yet only a minute. After nature had drawn a few breaths the star grew cold, and the clever animals had to die.” 8 likes
“truths are illusions of which one has forgotten that they are illusions, metaphors that have become worn-out and deprived of their sensuous force, coins that have lost their imprint and are now no longer seen as coins but as metal.” 2 likes
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