Philosophy Fun Facts X

Philosophy can be incredibly dry at times, giving it a bad name. With all of its jargon, complex theories, and intricate history, philosophy is strictly scholarly, intimidating intellectuals, scaring away laypeople, and attracting very little attention, as most people prefer to stay away from the dense topic; what people tend to overlook, though, is that philosophy is not always boring, for philosophy is filled with humorous yet interesting anecdotes concerning famous philosophers. So, without further ado, I present part four of Philosophy Fun Facts, which will be a short series of quirky but educational fun facts about philosophers and philosophy.

What Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Stronger

unknown-1Everyone’s favorite mustachioed and insane German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) can be quoted with ease, for his books are full of memorable aphorisms, such as the controversial “God is dead.” This moral nihilist invented the concept of the Übermensch, or Superman, who creates his own morals. Before Kelly Clarkson popularized the famous exhortation, “What doesn’t kill you makes me stronger,” Nietzsche, in his Twilight of the Idols, wrote, “That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.”



For further reading:
501 Things You Should Have Learned About Philosophy by Alison Rattle (2012)
1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think by Robert Arp (2013)
The Essentials of Philosophy by James Mannion (2006)
The Twilight of the Idols by Friedrich Nietzsche (1888)
The Dream of Reason by Anthony Gottlieb (2000)
History of Philosophy by Julian Marias (1967)


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