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Single Idea 20377

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 1. Nature of Wisdom]

Full Idea

'Wisdom' as the attempt to get beyond perspective valuations (i.e. beyond the 'will to power'): a principle hostile to life, and decadent.

Gist of Idea

Seeking wisdom beyond our different perspectives is decadent and anti-life


Friedrich Nietzsche (The Will to Power (notebooks) [1888], 608)

A Reaction

'Decadent' is one of Nietzsche's worst insults. For him, 'perspective' does not mean totally private and subjective, because we amalgamate all of our perspectives. He has a sort of verification principle that places a limit on objectivity.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'The Will to Power', ed/tr. Kaufmann,W /Hollingdate,R [Vintage 1968], p.328