Friedrich Nietzsche's Book Morgenröte is Published

Friedrich Nietzsche's Book Morgenröte is Published

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Friedrich Nietzsche's book The Dawn (Morgenröte. Gedanken über die moralischen Vorurteile) is published.

Aphoristic in style, Morgenröte is less about making arguments to convince people than about creating an experience through Nietzsche's exploration of various ideas: moral relativism, cultural relativism, and a critique of Christianity.

A few interesting passages:

"89. Doubt as sin.— Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be a sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature—is sin!

And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned! ...

101. Doubtful.— To accept a faith just because it is customary, means to be dishonest, to be cowardly, to be lazy. And do dishonesty, cowardice, and laziness then appear as the presupposition of morality? ...

297. Corruption.— The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."

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