"Once upon a time, in some out of the way corner of that universe which is dispersed into numberless twinkling solar systems, there was a star upon which clever beasts invented knowing."
Thus begins Nietzsche's essay "On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense."
This meetup is week 1 of a 5 part "course" whose intent is to provide a basic understanding of several key themes in Nietzsche's thought.
• wk 1: "On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense"
• wk 2: "Prejudice of Philosophers" from "Beyond Good and Evil"
• wk 3-5: "Genealogy of Morals"
The reading for week 1 is an early work. But within this short essay can be found the beginnings for much that came after.
Let's take a look at the opening sentence:
• "Once upon a time" is an interesting way to begin a philosophical essay
• "clever beasts" is an interesting way to refer to mankind
• knowledge as "invented" is an interesting... well, you get the idea...
Other Philosophers simply don't write like this. Perhaps one may disagree with Nietzsche's conclusions (I would not be one of them), but it would be hard to argue against Nietzsche as probably the most original, and certainly the best Stylist, of all Philosophers*.
Other questions that arise within the essay:
• why prefer the truth?
• what is a word?
We will do a close read of the text as a means to engage with the ideas through group discussion.
No prior knowledge of Nietzsche is assumed, and newcomers to Philosophy are welcome.
* Originality, of course, is not indicative of truth. Style, however, is a different matter.
A LINK TO THE TEXT http://imrl.usu.edu/6890/OnTruthandLies.pdf