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Nietzsche – Our problem

February 26, 2015

“The will to truth, which is still going to tempt us to many a hazardous enterprise; that celebrated veracity of which all philosophers have hitherto spoken with reverence: what questions this will to truth has already set before us! … What really is it in us that wants ‘the truth’? – We did indeed pause for a long time before the question of the origin of this will – until finally we came to a complete halt before an even more fundamental question. We asked after the value of this will. Granted we want truth: why not rather untruth? And uncertainty? Even ignorance? … And, would you believe it, it has finally almost come to seem to us that this problem has never before been posed – that we have been the first to see it, to fix our eye on it, to hazard it?”

“And here again I touch on my problem, on our problem, my unknown friends (for I as yet know of no friend): what meaning would our whole being possess if it were not this, that in us the will to truth becomes conscious of itself as problem?”

(from Beyond Good and Evil [1886], translated by R. J. Hollingdale [1973], and On the Genealogy of Morals [1887], translated by W. Kaufmann and R. J. Hollingdale [1967])

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