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Single Idea 20356

[catalogued under 25. Society / A. State of Nature / 1. A People / a. Human distinctiveness]

Full Idea

In contrast to the other animals, man has cultivated an abundance of contrary drives and impulses within himself: thanks to this synthesis, he is master of the earth.

Gist of Idea

Humans dominate because, unlike other animals, they have a synthesis of conflicting drives

Source

John Richardson (Nietzsche's System [2002], 966)

A Reaction

If this is true, it presents the fundamental challenge of politicial philosophy - to visual a successful social system for a creature which does not have a clear and focused nature. For Nietzsche, this 'synthesis' continually evolves.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'The Will to Power', ed/tr. Kaufmann,W /Hollingdate,R [Vintage 1968], p.506