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Single Idea 20355

[catalogued under 16. Persons / E. Rejecting the Self / 1. Self as Indeterminate]

Full Idea

To know 'who he is', we must know the order of rank the innermost drives of his nature stand in relative to one another.

Gist of Idea

The ranking of a person's innermost drives reveals their true nature


Friedrich Nietzsche (Beyond Good and Evil [1886], 006)

A Reaction

This is clearly an essentialist view of a person, as having a 'nature', which is 'inner', and which we can try to specify. Ranking drives and values seems a good proposal for getting at it. I'm also intrigued by what people find interesting.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Beyond Good and Evil', ed/tr. Hollingdale,R.J. [Penguin 1973], p.20