Liberty, Prudence, Imperfection, and Law

  • "The preacher alone knew what a syllable weighs." Photo by Viktoria Kühne - Magdeburger Dom, CC BY-SA 3.0.

    Beyond Good and Evil: 247–53

    247–53 One reason for Nietzsche’s extended focus on music and linguistics is the connection that he believes has been lost between the various forms of expression. In the…

  • G. W. F. Hegel

    Beyond Good and Evil: 240–46

    240–46 Part eight, “Peoples and Fatherlands,” begins with what sounds like a rousing tribute to Wagner and German music in general. And yet as Nietzsche’s…

  • Army warrant officer Stacy McNish succeeds as lone woman in a male dominated career field.

    Beyond Good and Evil: 230–39

    230–39 In the previous reading Nietzsche had given us a series of virtues that he believes the “free spirit “will exercise, along with a description of the kinds of…

  • Moral philosophy is soporific. Photo by Pål Berge, CC BY 2.0.

    Beyond Good and Evil: 222–29

    222–29 Virtue is something that must be deeply felt. This is not to reduce it to an emotion but rather to argue that it is something which must engage the whole person,…

  • According to Nietzsche, morality is a spectrum, not a unity. Photo by Kleuske, own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.

    Beyond Good and Evil: 213–21

    213–21 Nietzsche wraps up part six by noting the double-pronged difficulty of both being a philosopher and communicating to others exactly what that means. In order to become a…

  • Frontispiece of the King James Bible, 1611

    Leviathan: III.XXXIII

    III.XXXIII If the Bible is to be our guide in understanding the nature of the Kingdom of God, then we need to be certain what it is that makes up the Bible. There has never been…

    "The Angelus," by Jean-Francois Millet, Musee d'Orsay, Paris.

    Beyond Good and Evil: 58–62

    58–62 Today’s reading continues Nietzsche’s observations on the development of modern thought relative to the nature and usefulness of religion for mankind (specifically the Christian religion).…