Saturday, 5 November 2016

Wisdom as Taste


In his ill-attended lectures on the Pre-Socratics, Nietzsche made an etymological argument according to which early Greeks saw the word σοφός, typically translated as wise, as having a connotation of taste. 

It is therefore with some glee that I read an amazon review of Heidegger's Nietzsche books entitled "two tastes that taste great together". 

As I wrote in my last blog post, critical faculty is what enables the emergence of a degree of quality, filtering out the bad ideas, whether intellectual or artistic, and critical faculty is of course governed by one's sensibility which itself manifests in taste. 

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