Nietzsche's critique of Plato and Christianity Essay

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Essay No. 1:
Write an essay on one of the thinkers covered in the unit so far (i.e. weeks 2-6).
Essay question: Assess the major contributions of your chosen thinker to our understanding of the human condition.

Due Date: 16/9/13

Number of Words: 2,150

“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?” (Nietzsche, 1882, 1887, s. 125).This is one of many renowned and influential quotes devised by the prolific German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. A lover of Greek myths and a philologist by trade, Nietzsche expounded his controversial philosophy with an iron fist criticizing Platonism,
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Section 8 of The Antichrist (Nietzsche, 1888) reveals, “pity stands opposed to the tonic emotions which heighten our vitality: it has a depressing effect. We are deprived of strength when we feel pity. That loss of strength which suffering as such inflicts on life is still further increased and multiplied by pity. Pity makes suffering contagious.” In this regard, Nietzsche beseeches us to not to succumb to the feelings of pity as it saps our strength, denies us of our life forces and deprives us of our will to power (Denneson, 2013). His expectations for humans are held higher than that of Christianity and asks us not to feel negated when encountering suffering and enter the world of nihilistic pity.
The denial of power and responsibility that Christianity imposed, according to Nietzsche, may be exemplified with Matthew’s ‘Sermon on the Mount’, (Bible, 5:3), “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth…Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Nietzsche claims that words such as the these are anathema to his will to power as it is “a large treasure-trove of the most ingenious means of consolation, so much to refresh, soothe and narcotize is piled up inside it… to stimulate in order to conquer the deep depression, the leaden fatigue and the black melancholy of the

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