Hi Cowboy,

Without meaning to make any judgement, or mean any insult,
sociologically Nietzsche is representative of the far left.
Those people used to puzzle me (I am a conservative) since
they were essentially hostile to all authority, which of
course includes the establishment: religion, patriotism,
the military, marriage, the family, the rich, capitalism, 
morality, the paintings of Norman Rockwell, and so forth. 
Being a conservative, I hold the opposite views.

But these people are necessary if change is ever to be made.
Nothing would change if we conservatives were always
in power.


 Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net 
11/7/2012  
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen 


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Hi CowBoy, 


On 07 Nov 2012, at 15:55, Platonist Guitar Cowboy wrote: 


As I read it, the ?ermensch is the being that is aware of the limits of Mensch 
ideology and values. Of course this can be hijacked to support discrimination 
against groups, but only if you want to be dishonest. But he emphasizes that 
abandoning the humanist conception of values is only a destruction insofar as 
it is paired with " the sovereign power of affirmation" and the ability, to 
reach a place, where we can say "yes" to the world, without guilt or dishonesty 
in conscience. To Zarathustra, negation has come to dominate human thought, it 
has become constitutive of human self-image: with this human, the whole world 
sinks and sickens, the whole of life is depreciated, everything known slides 
into its own "nothingness". Zarathustra says "Yes and Amen in a tremendous and 
unbounded way" (see Chapter six of "Thus spoke Zarathustra", if you're 
interested) and so does the ?ermensch. This paints for me "joyful agnostic" 
with human entity questioned as ontological primitive.  

And again, Zarathustra makes fun of the followers that take him seriously. But 
I don't want to sell Nietzsche here as he wouldn't want to be "sold"; just to 
point out that the revaluation of all values and your unease, as they appear 
framed to me here, are not warranted by anything I've read. 





All right. You convince me. I might need to reread him. I was very young when 
reading it, and I was still living some WAR II consequences (I am born in 
Germany). A joyful agnostic is certainly better than a fundamentalist atheist, 
sure. 


Bruno 










On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM, Bruno Marchal  wrote: 



On 06 Nov 2012, at 17:45, Platonist Guitar Cowboy wrote: 


Hi Roger, 

If you want to read him that trivially, go ahead. The constant, eternal 
revaluation of all values. This is just implied by asking "what's going on?". 

And yes, this is gently consistent with never ending platonic questioning + a 
popper style negation, even humor, on his own statements, that they are wrong, 
that they not be overly concretized. Nietzsche never "taught his own ideas", 
although he was active academically very early.  

If you'd open a single page, you'd see how conflicted he was about the 
transmission of fruits of introspection. But I wouldn't want to offend you with 
any of that, or that I think he anticipated the computer + its consequences 
more than once, as you already have made up your mind in a rather 
discriminatory fashion without reading the man/machine in his native language, 
so... 

I am not merely a platonist: also guitar cowboy and dance and jam in every 
realm I can and keep my platonism in check with my sense of groove and swing +  
good steak, now and then. I have a taste for the Dionysian joys, for colors, 
and richness, variety as much as I love Platonia.  

But Platonia, in this abstract technical sense you imply, is pretty joyless and 
dull. Nietzsche is good antidote for that. On Kant he mused once: "What kind of 
a soul must build such an unassailable fortress of thought? What is it 
distracting itself from, building these labyrinths of descriptive power for a 
group of disciples it will never admit to itself, that it vainly wants to have? 
For why else build such fortresses?" 

For these reason I'd suggest for you to not read him, especially not in German. 
Right on with "garbage he taught", would be the first thing he'd admit and 
laugh. 





It does look we agree that Nietzsche was a poet with a deep talent. I read 
"Also Sprach Zarathustra", in german and in french, and I love it, but, later, 
rereading it, I got a feeling of uneasiness. I got it also with many people 
idolatring Nietzche, or taking granted what he said, I dunno.  
It might be, correct me if I am wrong, a sort of remanent atheism in the work, 
or perhaps it is, like with art, just a question of taste. May be I have 
unconsciously rely his "uber mensh" with what happened in WW II.  
I certainly do appreciare Richard Strauss "Also Sprach Zarathustra", but that's 
thanks to "2001 Space Odyssey", plausibly! 


Bruno 















PGC 


On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM, Roger Clough  wrote: 

Hi Platonist Guitar Cowboy 


So what ? I have no stomach for the revaluation 
of all values and the other garbage Nietzsche 
taught. If you are truly a platonist, you would 
agree with me. 





Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net 
11/6/2012 
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen 


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Hi Roger, 

So what? 



On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 3:47 PM, Roger Clough  wrote: 

Hi Platonist Guitar Cowboy 

By poet, I suspect that Bruno was attesting to 
Nietzsche's ability to think in terms of metaphors 
(such as Apollo and Dionysius in his "Genealogy of Morals." ) 


Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net 
11/6/2012 

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On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM, Bruno Marchal ?rote: 




On 05 Nov 2012, at 13:43, Roger Clough wrote: 




Shades of Nietzsche ! Tell me it isn't so ! 



No, it is not so. No worry to have. I am glad we share some uneasiness with 
Nietzche. I take it for a great poet, but a bad philosopher. 





? 

Then your German is better than mine, as a native speaker. Having enough 
distance and humor for one's own statements doesn't come through much in the 
translations. I don't think he ever took himself "seriously" as a philosopher, 
and he often pokes subtly fun at the notion. 

Ok, I'll get back to the herd then :) 

Cowboy 


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