Nietzsche’s famous “God is dead” speech, far from supporting atheism, was aimed at its failings

According to this review, Nietzsche’s famous “God is dead” speech, far from supporting atheism, was aimed at its failings.

The speech challenges an audience of atheists to realise that if God is dead, there is nothing left on which to base any system or even concept of ethics or values other than an infinite diversity of individual opinions.

Any system or concept of values or ethics created in this way is a new, equally-false, god, created by the atheist himself.

Once these false Gods are also rejected, the only available conclusion is nihilism: the acknowledgement that all values are ultimately baseless, and that nothing meaningful can be known or communicated.

Far from supporting atheism, Nietzsche is challenging an audience of atheists to realise that they still have a long way to go before their philosophical system becomes coherent.

God without God does not argue that therefore there must be a God. Rather, it defines God as the sum of the best human ideals. After atheism, this is all there is, for both the believer and the non-nihilistic atheist alike. The only decision to be made is which human ideals to believe in, and what to do as a consequence.

more >>

Advertisements

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: