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Beyond Good and Evil NT

Beyond Good and Evil NT

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09/29/2012

 
 
Beyond Good and Evil
Friedrich Nietzsche
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PREFACE
SUPPOSING that Truth is a woman—what then? Isthere not ground for suspecting that all philosophers, in sofar as they have been dogmatists, have failed to understandwomen—that the terrible seriousness and clumsyimportunity with which they have usually paid their addresses to Truth, have been unskilled and unseemlymethods for winning a woman? Certainly she has never allowed herself to be won; and at present every kind of dogma stands with sad and discouraged mien—IF, indeed,it stands at all! For there are scoffers who maintain that ithas fallen, that all dogma lies on the ground—nay more,that it is at its last gasp. But to speak seriously, there aregood grounds for hoping that all dogmatizing inphilosophy, whatever solemn, whatever conclusive anddecided airs it has assumed, may have been only a noblepuerilism and tyronism; and probably the time is at handwhen it will be once and again understood WHAT hasactually sufficed for the basis of such imposing andabsolute philosophical edifices as the dogmatists havehitherto reared: perhaps some popular superstition of immemorial time (such as the soul-superstition, which, in
 
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301the form of subject- and ego-superstition, has not yetceased doing mischief): perhaps some play upon words, adeception on the part of grammar, or an audaciousgeneralization of very restricted, very personal, veryhuman—all-too-human facts. The philosophy of thedogmatists, it is to be hoped, was only a promise for thousands of years afterwards, as was astrology in stillearlier times, in the service of which probably morelabour, gold, acuteness, and patience have been spent thanon any actual science hitherto: we owe to it, and to its‘super- terrestrial’ pretensions in Asia and Egypt, the grandstyle of architecture. It seems that in order to inscribethemselves upon the heart of humanity with everlastingclaims, all great things have first to wander about the earthas enormous and awe- inspiring caricatures: dogmaticphilosophy has been a caricature of this kind—for instance, the Vedanta doctrine in Asia, and Platonism inEurope. Let us not be ungrateful to it, although it mustcertainly be confessed that the worst, the most tiresome,and the most dangerous of errors hitherto has been adogmatist error—namely, Plato’s invention of Pure Spiritand the Good in Itself. But now when it has beensurmounted, when Europe, rid of this nightmare, canagain draw breath freely and at least enjoy a healthier— 
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