Liberty, Prudence, Imperfection, and Law

  • "The Triumph of Bacchus," by Charles-Joseph Natoire

    Beyond Good and Evil: 291–96

    291–96 Note: If you’ve been reading along for the past six months and thinking to yourself “I wish a better/more systematic approach to all of Nietzsche’s…

  • There is no place for the noble soul among the commoners.

    Beyond Good and Evil: 274–90

    274–90 (For purposes of length, I’ve adjusted today’s reading, as well as the next post.) If the nobility of the world is really so high above the rest of us, why…

  • Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis

    Beyond Good and Evil: 263–73

    263–73 If there were one section in all of Beyond Good and Evil that I think Plato would have endorsed unreservedly, it is 263: There is an instinct for rank, which more than…

  • "Count Ferdinand Adolf von Plettenberg and his Family," by Robert Tournières, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

    Beyond Good and Evil: 258–62

    258–62 If nobility is limited to the few (which of course by definition it must be), then what is it that sets the nobles apart from everyone else? The essential characteristic…

  • Napoleon Bonaparte

    Beyond Good and Evil: 254–57

    254–57 Nietzsche doesn’t come right out and say it, but I get the impression that his real reason for favoring the French and their “true” spirit over and…

  • 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…