Essay on Critique Of Reason Through A Nietzschean Lens

1873 Words Nov 18th, 2016 8 Pages
Critique of Reason Through a Nietzschean Lens Reason has arguably been the driving force behind most popular philosophies since the peak of the Greco-Roman era thousands of years ago. The works of philosophers of reason, like Plato, who Nietzsche fervently critiques, have laid the groundwork for many of his ideological successors to proving reason to be the ultimate goal of all philosophy - a way to explain the unknown world and utilize knowledge as a means to quantify and qualify existence. Reason, no doubt, is critical to philosophical thought; however, it’s reached a point where the questions reason poses overpower intuitive and emotional philosophizing that favors a deeper understanding of oneself, one’s desires, and one’s relationship with society and cultures at large. Reason extends itself to find meaning in problems through a rational approach that often results in the removal of emotions and passions during the process, and lessens their importance in the self, often because emotions and passions are not fully realizable or favorable, and very often not at all logical. Nietzsche was a fairly staunch critic of the philosophy of reason, and the great, centuries-long adoration of rationalist philosophers. There are two concepts that Nietzsche discusses that are quite relevant to the critique of reason: a society in decline and a return to nature. This essay will discuss the downfalls of the philosophy of reason through a Nietzschean lens, and interpret the…

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