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See Featured Authors Answering Questions. Questions About De vrolijke wetenschap by Friedrich Nietzsche. To ask other readers questions about De vrolijke wetenschap , please sign up. Answered Questions 1. Grant Pierce That is a great question. The answer is complicated and gets at the heart of Nietzsche's philosophy but I will do my best to explain it.

When Nietzsche …more That is a great question. When Nietzsche writes "God is dead. God remains dead. However, this often quoted line is misunderstood by many. This is why understanding the madman is important. The madman in the parable is essentially Zarathustra from Nietzsche's later work, Thus Spoke Zarathustra and a representation of Nietzsche himself. He is a "madman" because he holds views and opinions that are far removed from those of common people atheists included.

He is prophetic. The beginning of the parable explains that the villagers standing in the market are common atheists who scoff at and mock the madman Nietzsche for his frantic search for God morality, purpose, meaning, truth. They trivialize his desperate search and assume that the madman is either scared of atheists, a proselytizer from another land, or a religious fool. None of these assumptions is correct. Because the villagers do not understand what he is doing and saying, the madman "jumped into their midst and pierced them with his eyes" and attempts to convey to the villagers how deep and profound the death of "God" is.

He likens "God's" death to the earth being unchained from the sun, the wiping away of the horizon, continuous night, falling through an infinite nothing, etc.

In the next paragraph, the madman uses rhetorical questions to attempt to explain to the villagers why "God's" death is as calamitous as he just described.

What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games will we have to invent? Essentially, it is the question of nihilism. The villagers do not understand what the madman means because although they do not believe in God, they have unknowingly retained the morality, principles, and purpose of people who do believe in God.

But God is dead, so morality, principles, and purpose die with him. Because of their lack of understanding the villagers simply stare at the madman in silence. Seeing this, the madman smashes his lantern and says that he "has come too early" because the people have yet to grasp the implications of atheism.

The madman and Nietzsche himself were both confronted with the void of nihilism upon understanding the implications of their atheism. Nihilism, when lived or really understood, feels, as Nietzsche wrote, like "straying, as through an infinite nothing" or "plunging continually Given this realization nihilism and the experience associated with it, no wonder the madman began desperately searching for some way to escape, to find objective morality, truth, meaning, and purpose.

Unanswered Questions 1. Does anyone have a comparison between R. Kevin Hill's translation and the Kaufmann? I tire of the Kaufmann and generally consider him to be a tad too self-important. But I also don't want a crappy translation.

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De vrolijke wetenschap

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De vrolijke wetenschap (De Nietzsche-bibliotheek)

This substantial expansion includes a fifth book and an appendix of songs. It was noted by Nietzsche to be "the most personal of all [his] books", and contains the greatest number of poems in any of his published works. The book's title, in the original German and in translation, uses a phrase that was well-known at the time in many European cultures and had specific meaning. It was also used in deliberately inverted form, by Thomas Carlyle in " the dismal science ", to criticize the emerging discipline of economics by comparison with poetry. The book's title was first translated into English as The Joyful Wisdom , but The Gay Science has become the common translation since Walter Kaufmann 's version in the s.


Vrolijke Wetenschap Nietzsche Als Vriend = Gaya Scienza : Nietzsche as a Friend

De vrolijke wetenschap is Nietzsches meest zonovergoten boek. Hij ontdekt de genezende invloed op het denken van het Zuiden, het mediterrane klimaat. De dood van God, die in dit boek wordt aangekondigd, maakt de mens zelf voortaan tot de verantwoordelijke voor het voortbestaan. Die wetenschap is even ijzingwekkend als bevrijdend. Nietzsche anticipeert hiermee op de nihilistische onverschilligheid die na het afscheid van de bovennatuurlijke instanties op de loer ligt. Convert currency.

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