Nietzsche, Stevens, and Derrida

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Lee, Ilhwan
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서울대학교 인문대학 영어영문학과
영학논집 6(1982): 83-96
Oh, these Greeks! They knew how to live. What is required for that is to stop
courageously at the surface, the fold, the skin, to adore appearance, to believe in forms,
tones, words, in the whole Olympus of appearance. Those Greeks were superficial -out of profundity.
-Preface to the second edition of The Gay Science
Pilate saith unto him [Jesus], What is truth?
-John xviii. 38
-Do I still have to add that in the entire New Testament there is only one solitary
figure one is obliged to respect? Pilate, the roman governor.... 'What is truth?'
- The Anti-Christ, 46
Why couldn't the world that concerns us-be a fiction?
-Beyond Good and Evil, 34
Heraclitus will always be right in this, that being is an empty fiction.
- Twilight of the Idols, "'Reason' in Philosophy", 2
The final belief is to believe in a fiction, which you know to be a fiction, there being
nothing else. The exquisite truth is to know that it is a fiction and that you believe in it willingly.
What is philosophy? Rather, let's put it this way: What should be the aim of philosophy?
My answer to the question is that it should be the ultimate aim of philosophy to help
human beings live their lives more fully, namely, to teach them how to live.
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