Who was Nietzsche?
Nietszche was a German philosopher of the enlightenment period. Nietzsche is often misunderstood as pessimistic and anti-religion. It is Nietzsche’s concept of the death of God that seems to cause the most controversy.
What did Nietzsche mean when he said ‘God is Dead’?
Nietzsche made this radical statement in his book ‘The Gay Science’. He explores the concept of God through ‘the madman’ who asks ‘Where is God?’ the answer, of course, was that God is dead, and we have killed him.
When Nietzsche stated that ‘God is dead’ he did not mean that God was once alive and that we have literally killed him. God is not personified. What he meant was that the concept of God had died a death due to the process of secularisation. Society was moving away from revolving around the Parish and the importance of God in people’s lives was diminishing.
Nietzsche and Nihilism
If God is dead, does that mean that we no longer have moral values? And if we no longer have moral values, does that mean that we descend into nihilism? The problem is that without ethical values of Christianity, what morality do we have?
The answer, for Nietzsche, is to replace the slave morality of Christianity with the master morality of mankind. When we strive to become the ‘Ubermensch’ of Nietzsche’s philosophy, we no longer ascertain to the moral values of God or indeed anyone else.
What doe you think about Nietzsche’s philosophy? Is God dead? Are we all striving to become the Ubermensch?
Click here for further reading on Nietzsche: Death of God.
Why Study Philosophy?
Many students ask: “Why Study Philosophy?” As mentioned in my last blog, Philosophy students are often amongst the most rounded and employable students. There are many advantages of being a philosophy student, that are subject specific and more generic.
Philosophy – Subject Specific Skills
The skills gained from a philosophy qualification include…
- Report Writing Skills
- Discussion skills
- The ability to see things from other people’s point of view
- The ability to provide evidence for an argument
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Be open to new ways of thinking.
Other Skills of a Philosophy Student
However, in addition to these subject-specific skills, there are more generic skills gained from a philosophy degree, which make you well rounded and employable. According to prospects, the UK’s official graduate careers website, these generic skills include self-motivation and the capacity for independent study and thought. A philosophy graduate can communicate clearly, prioritise work, meet deadlines and work well in a team.
Beyond these qualities, however, a key priority for studying A-levels or a degree is that you find the subject enjoyable. And philosophy really is! You can enjoy a good debate or delve into the minds of some amazing thinkers such as Descartes. You will have the opportunity to watch exciting movie’s like The Matrix and The Lovely Bones, then discuss their meaning.
Why study Philosophy? You will be intellectually stimulated, happy and employable!
I will be blogging again in the future to tell you about the best universities to study Philosophy. So look forward to my future Philosophy Blogs!