Nietzsche is my spirit animal
How has my view on philosophy changed? I wouldn’t say it’s changed so much as it’s been refined and expanded somewhat. I had my basic views on things but learning about different schools of philosophy, different philosophers and their views has definitely helped me refine my thoughts on things.
Nietzsche is definitely my main inspiration on things philosophical, i agree wholeheartedly on his views on morality wherein he essentially believes that the whole concept of morality is foolish and unnecessary and that people should focus more on what’s beneficial/detrimental as opposed to antiquated and melodramatic notions of good and evil. His views on aesthetics and the ubermensch in which he basically believes that we should be the best person we possibly can be, i find inspirational. I find his views on metaphysics and epistemology interesting, the eternal recurrence which i talked about in my metaphysics post and on affirmation in which he essentially states that if we exist right here right now and we acknowledge that then we must also acknowledge everything else in existence that led to us existing.
“If we affirm one single moment, we thus affirm not only ourselves but all existence. For nothing is self-sufficient, neither in us ourselves nor in things; and if our soul has trembled with happiness and sounded like a harp string just once, all eternity was needed to produce this one event—and in this single moment of affirmation all eternity was called good, redeemed, justified, and affirmed.”
But though I find these thoughts interesting I’m not sure I really agree With his views on epistemology, i find myself more solipsistic in that regard.
I find Immanuel Kant’s views on the categorical imperative to be arbitrarily dogmatic and frankly absurd. Who is to set the standard for what is “good” and what is “evil” and who is to decide what one’s “duty is?
in conclusion, I would consider myself Ethically Nietzschian, epistemologically solipsistic, aesthetically hedonistic, and metaphysically uncertain.