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The Flame of EternityAn Interpretation of Nietzsche's Thought$
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Krzysztof Michalski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691143460

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691143460.001.0001

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Reason, Which Hurts

Reason, Which Hurts

Chapter:
(p.46) IV Reason, Which Hurts
Source:
The Flame of Eternity
Author(s):

Krzysztof Michalski

, Benjamin Paloff
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691143460.003.0004

This chapter presents an account of human life primarily through Nietzsche's character of Zarathustra, who argues that human life is irreducibly diverse and thoroughly dangerous. We are constantly trying to rebuild our home within it, constantly trying to glue all the pieces of the world we live in into a whole, to order it, to turn it into “our world.” But we will never be able to remove from this world the threat of catastrophe, of destruction, of the end; we will never achieve certainty that the next step in our lives won't march us into the abyss, into which everything that has been familiar till now, everything nice and warm and orderly, vanishes. In other words, an essential feature of life as we live it is chance: the new, unexpected, alien side of life. In its every moment, life is torn open, discontinuous, fractured: diversified.

Keywords:   Zarathustra, chance, necessity, reason, rationality, diversification, nihilistic culture, relativistic culture

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