Nietzsche and Buddhism

30 08 2007

Dukkha, Inaction, and Nirvana: Suffering, Weariness, and Death?
A look at Nietzsche’s Criticisms of Buddhist Philosophy

-by Omar Moad / The Philosopher, Volume LXXXXII No. 1

“A dialogue in the Sutta-Nipata presents the Buddha responding as follows to an enquiry on competing metaphysical theories. ‘Apart from consciousness’, he says, ‘no divers truths exist. Mere sophistry declares this ‘true’ and that view ‘false’.’ A similar notion appears in Nietzsche’s Will to Power:

‘Judging is our oldest faith; it is our habit of believing this to be true or false, of asserting or denying, our certainty that something is thus and not otherwise, our belief that we really ‘know’ what is believed to be true in all judgments?’ “

http://www.the-philosopher.co.uk/buddhism.htm

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