Plato And Friedrich Nietzsche 's Theory Of Absolute Truth And Value

2436 Words Dec 4th, 2014 10 Pages
Plato and Friedrich Nietzsche have come to be presented as the poles of Western philosophy. While Plato’s philosophy scripted an era of absolute truth and value, Nietzsche’s sought to declare its collapse. We turn to the writings of both philosophers to understand their perspectives on ethics, justice, and what constitutes a good and satisfying life. Educating ourselves in these philosophies has taught us to understand that things are not always as they seem. It has also taught us about the world and ourselves, and has brought up important questions such as: How should I live? Should I do what society tells me to do? Does my life have meaning? Are values just a matter of opinion? In answering these questions we have shaped our own philosophical views of the world. My personal philosophical view aligns more closely with that of Plato. I have a fundamental distrust of Nietzsche, and have a hard time accepting his claim that the only world is that of the natural world. Due to this it becomes nearly impossible to accept any other part of his philosophical view. However, regardless of which viewpoint you identify more closely with, it is evident that knowledge of philosophy has made us as citizens of the world more eager to question. It has also afforded scholars the opportunity to understand different views and opinions more clearly. Studying the differing philosophies of both Plato and Nietzsche has trained us to be less naïve, and more well prepared to understand what it means…

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