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Single Idea 4531

[catalogued under 2. Reason / B. Laws of Thought / 3. Non-Contradiction]

Full Idea

We are unable to affirm and to deny one and the same thing: this is a subjective empirical law, not the expression of any 'necessity', but only an inability.

Gist of Idea

Our inability to both affirm and deny a single thing is merely an inability, not a 'necessity'


Friedrich Nietzsche (The Will to Power (notebooks) [1888], 516)

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'The Will to Power', ed/tr. Kaufmann,W /Hollingdate,R [Vintage 1968], p.279

A Reaction

A remarkable claim, made by someone utterly gripped by relativism. I don't believe it. Why can't we do it? We experience it as a truth, not as a prejudice or mental block. I say it reflects reality - there is only one set of facts.