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Single Idea 20258

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 3. Value of Knowledge]

Full Idea

Most people take a thing they know under their protection, as if knowing it turned it into their possession.

Gist of Idea

Most people treat knowledge as a private possession


Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 285)

A Reaction

A typically wicked and subtle remark. This presumably makes knowledge part of the will to power, with which Francis Bacon would presumably agree.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.184