The Western Philosophical Tradition By Friedrich Nietzsche

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Would you approach a visually impaired person and suggest they aren’t correctly viewing the world? In other words, who has the authority to say the grass is not orange and the sky is not pink? The Western Philosophical tradition was a practitioner of dogmatism, it assumed their beliefs to be true and everyone else’s to be false. The Western philosophical tradition placed itself on a pedestal, believing they were the sole center of things; it is arrogant and it did not work in efforts of benefiting the common good. The Western Philosophical Tradition deemed themselves with the authority to say the grass is in fact green and the sky was in fact blue. However, Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher, challenges the Western Philosophical Tradition and their imperialistic ways. Nietzsche proposes the Western philosophical Tradition to be arrogant. He says humans are “remote” emphasizing the lack of importance humans claim they have. Nietzsche situates the scope and significance of the human intellect on a cosmological scale. He says humans put themselves at the center of things and deem their views to be just and true, however, to a dog, these views would be false; Dogs would not see green grass or a blue sky because they see colors on a different spectrum than humans. Nietzsche believes not one view on the world is the correct view, and those who think otherwise are blinded by a “fog of arrogance”. He is challenging the Western Philosophical Tradition’s intellect and says…
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