Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Desperation in Philosophy (H3)
Nietzsche, what a guy, what a man’s man, a stand up character, what a raving chauvinist freaking lunatic. His philosophy and his ideas on things like kindness, and war and all that does kind of remind me of someone. For anyone who has read the Republic, by Plato, I’m thinking of Thrasymachus. He was a sophist in ancient Athens but ore importantly he got into an argument with Socrates in Republic, in which he made the case that justice was inferior to injustice. Why you may ask? Simple, because if you’re a big strong guy like any self-respecting man should be, who is not above resorting to force to get thing he wouldn’t have any need for justice. Infect the only reason he follows justice is because all of those little wimpy men who are hard to tell apart from the women might be able to take him down if they band together. Which they would so he wouldn’t steal all their women and beat them into submission with a whip. Now I mixed that in with a bit of Nietzche and no small amount of sarcasm but that is essentially true, though Thrasymachus undoubtedly had less hatred for women, and probably more luck. Why did Thrasymachus take up this position though? Because he was losing the argument, badly, he could in no way see an opportunity to recover his pride or even an honorable retreat from the question accept by resorting to the message of might makes right. If Russel is to be believed, this is not unlike Neitzsche.