09 Oct

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier and simpler – Nietzsche, The Gay Science

Descartes wrote “I think; therefore, I am.”  However, Nietzsche, by offering the above supposition, clearly intimates that thought and feeling are inexorably linked like we are to our own shadow.  This is a strenuous criticism of Descartes’s well-known cogito ergo sum in that it phrases that affirmation into a negative context, making the famous phrase only describe our darker shells of being.  By recognizing this, we are able to then delve into the context of our feelings to fully and warmly inform our thoughts and further to discover who we are.

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Posted by on October 9, 2012 in Idle Words., Inspiration, Philosophy


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