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On Truth and Untruth: Selected Writings

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“We continue to live within the intellectual shadow cast by Nietzsche.” —New York Times Book Review

Best known for his seminal works on religion, morality, existentialism, and contemporary culture, such as The Birth of Tragedy and Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche focuses his penetrating insight on assessing the nature of truth in this concise and highly readable collectio
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Published November 9th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books
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Aug 28, 2015 Rosa rated it liked it
Afirma Nietzsche que no hay en el hombre un verdadero interés por la verdad sino sólo por las consecuencias que de ella se derivan. Pero entonces cabe preguntarse si Nietzsche sostiene “de verdad” semejante tesis o si nada más está ya previendo las consecuencias que se seguirán de ello. Porque si no mantiene “de verdad” lo que dice, para qué continuar leyendo.

Más adelante sigue diciendo que “las verdades son ilusiones cuyo carácter de ilusiones se ha olvidado, metáforas que han perdido su cuño…”
May 13, 2014 David rated it really liked it
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!
Donavon Taveras
Jan 03, 2016 Donavon Taveras rated it it was amazing

OKAY SO LET ME JUST QUOTE THE BOOK: "One would be deceiving oneself in assuming any intellectual inferiority among the leaders of the Christian movement--oh, they're smart all right, smart to the point of saintliness, these gentle church fathers! What they lack is something altogether different. Nature has neglected them--she forgot to bestow upon them a modest dowry of respectable, decent, clean instincts . . . Among us, they are not even men . . . Islam is right a thous
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.
Sam Dodge
Nov 27, 2015 Sam Dodge rated it really liked it
Better than just reading the the wonderful (and wonderfully short) On Truth and Lies in the Non-Moral Sense, this short book pulls short chapters and bits from his whole body of work where the themes or ideas are revisited. On Truth and Lies, a short 10-20 page essay depending on the type size, was originally written right after his first book very early in his career and never published. It is extremely influential, I believe largely because it is short but it is also punchy and fun and typical ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it
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
Mohammad Hassan
Sep 15, 2012 Mohammad Hassan rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 16, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: the doubtful and the trusting
Recommended to Kate by: its dimensions
Shelves: philosophy
"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
Oct 08, 2011 Nate Markham rated it liked it
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.
Feb 10, 2013 Sandra rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 17, 2012 Δnd rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 19, 2015 Benm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
One of those books I have to keep re-reading. It will sink in, one day, and I will have that *moment*.
Nov 15, 2010 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: philosophy
Edited and translated by Taylor Carman.
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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.” 14 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.” 4 likes
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