Though not directly related to Freemasonry, this book has been provided here as a tool, for a deeper study of the "hidden Mysteries of Nature and Science," subjects every Craftsman in the Craft has been enjoined to pursue as a life-long activity. Nietzsche's thoughts are intriguing, at times intolerant, and may appear racist when first read, but honest and profound, encompassing reflections on the philosophy of knowledge, religion, art, and current affairs of his time, going far beyond doctrinaire beliefs and "accepted" morals, appearance and superficiality.
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This book is brought to you not to convert or corrupt you, but to make you think deeper — beyond good and evil. Written during the summer of and the winter of , this work holds a central position in the writings of Nietzsche, one of the most influential philosophers of the nineteenth century.
At the age of only 24 he was appointed Professor of Classical Philology at the university of Basel. After suffering a mental breakdown in January from which he was never to recover, he died eleven years later at age 55 at Weimar, Saxony, German Empire.
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With other browsers and zoom factors both the page layout and the links are rendered to some extent inaccurate. Some words and expressions of the German language found in the original book are in many instances no longer in use, and the task becomes all the more difficult when dealing with poetry.
This is a sore reality in the case of the " Closing Ode " at the end of the book. Faced with such a difficulty, I have consulted several source for guidance, starting with Helen Zimmern, and a few more of a more recent date available on the internet — to little or no profit: — as it appears all of them were lacking in musical ear and in the mastery of metre and rhyme.
Suppose Truth is a woman —, what then? Certainly she has never allowed herself to be won: — and today every kind of dogmatism is left standing dispirited and discouraged.
If it stands at all! For there are scoffers who claim that it has fallen, that all dogmatism lies on the ground, even more, that all dogmatism is at its last gasp. The philosophy of the dogmatists was, let us hope, only a promise across millennia: as astrology was in still earlier times when perhaps more work, money, acumen, and patience were expended than for any real science hitherto: — to astrology and its "super-terrestrial" pretensions we owe the grand style of architecture in Asia and Egypt.
It seems that in order to inscribe themselves upon the heart of humanity with everlasting claims, all great things have first to wander about the earth as enormous and awe-inspiring caricatures: dogmatic philosophy was such a caricature, for example the Vedanta doctrine in Asia and Platonism in Europe. Let us not be ungrateful to it, although it must certainly be conceded that the worst, most protracted, and most dangerous of all errors so far was a dogmatist's error, namely Plato's invention of the pure spirit and the good in itself.
But now when it has been surmounted, when Europe, rid of this nightmare, can again draw breath freely and at least enjoy a healthier — sleep, we, whose duty is wakefulness itself , are the heirs of all that strength which has been fostered by the struggle against this error.
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It amounted to the very inversion of truth, and the denial of the Perspective , the fundamental condition of all life, to speak of Spirit and the Good as Plato spoke of them; indeed, as a physician might ask: "How could the most beautiful plant of antiquity, Plato, contract such a disease? Could Socrates have been the corrupter of youth after all? To be sure, the European man experiences this tension as a state of distress, and attempts have been made twice in grand style to unbend the bow: once by means of Jesuitism , and the second time by means of democratic enlightenment : — which, with the aid of liberty of the press and newspaper-reading, might, in fact, bring it about that the spirit would not so easily find itself in "distress"!
The Germans invented gunpowder — hats off to them!
But we, who are neither Jesuits, nor democrats, nor even sufficiently Germans, we good Europeans and free, very free spirits — we still feel it, all the distress of spirit and all the tension of its bow! And perhaps also the arrow, the task, and, who knows? On the Prejudices of Philosophers … … … … … … … 7.
Aphorisms and Interludes … … … … … … … … … … On the Natural History of Morals … … … … … … Peoples and Fatherlands … … … … … … … … … … What is Noble? From High Mountains — Closing Ode … … … ….. Die Deutschen haben das Pulver erfunden — alle Achtung! Das Ziel ….
On the Prejudices of Philosophers … … … … … … …. Aphorisms and Interludes … … … … … … … … … …. Closing Ode — From High Mountains … … … ….. Vincent Lombardo - February 2, Vorspiel einer Philosophie der Zukunft.