I always enjoyed the dictum (favored by Hitchens) “What is asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence” – itself asserted without supporting argument. One of the great masters of the art of passionate, soaring, assertion was Friedrich Nietzsche.
Nietzsche comes to mind, today, because Jordan Peterson appears to have absorbed a form of Cliff’s Notes version of Nietzsche, as most of us did in college.
I am not sure why, but I decided I wondered what his tomb looked like.
But, there is more. It’s quite interesting. I love the reference to the hat. But I am not sure what it means, which makes it entirely appropriate.Post-modernism strikes again.
How to detect a Nietzsche Poseur: If they only reference “god is dead” or drop the term “ubermensch” they probably have not actually waded through anything more than a summary of his writings. Careers have been built on less. Instead of Cliff’s Notes I prefer Will Durant’s take on Nietzsche; also the Blackstone Audio classics of philosophy (Narrated by Charlton Heston!) are pretty good.