Tag Archives: Friedrich Nietzsche

It’s okay to think about stuff

An important strand  in modern philosophy is the attempt to avoid error. Typically, doing so is thought to require a recognition of the limitations of our human intellect and a narrowing of our intellectual interests to what we are equipped … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: a reason to read it

Add this to the “Spooky” file: I begin teaching a class on the Philosophy of God, and before the week is out Pope Francis publishes his first encyclical letter Lumen Fidei (“The Light of Faith”). Even spookier is that this … Continue reading

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Better than nothing: a brief primer on every parent’s new approach to life

Early on in his book On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, Friedrich Nietzsche offers the following melancholy little reflection: “Too often we stop at knowing the good without doing it because we also know the better without … Continue reading

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Communal Discernment

About a year ago, we had a teacher’s meeting about the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s book On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life. The meeting had some intriguing moments, such as when I suggested that the concept of a … Continue reading

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Why We Love Dogs: An Old Thought From Plato

But I will begin with Nietzsche instead, who famously liked to look for the hidden motivations behind our behaviors. For example, in a poignant passage early in On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, Nietzsche speculates that we … Continue reading

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This New Life

One of the best things about angels–at least the angels recorded in the Sacred Scriptures–is that they are never “wordy.” Truly, they are the best of messengers. They do not mumble, they do not emote, they do not repeat needlessly. … Continue reading

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Christian Instincts

In his early work On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche has the rather uncommon worry that people can learn too much, that too much knowledge is a bad thing. According to Nietzsche, through … Continue reading

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