NIETZSCHE: The Dignity of Work

“Such phantoms as the dignity of man and the dignity of work are the feeble products of a slavery that hides from itself.” 19th century German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, wrote these words in a short preface titled, The Greek State. In the preface, Nietzsche denounces the belief that work is honorable. On the contrary, he argues that work is a shameful necessity of culture. In this video, we will explain Nietzsche’s argument and we will also discuss whether his argument holds true today. Continue reading

LUDOVICI: Nature’s Fundamental Will to Power

19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche coined the phrase “will to power” to describe the motivating force that animates all life. He was not the first philosopher to identify this lust for power as a fundamental motivating force. Aristotle wrote that “all men aspire to ascendancy.” And Thomas Hobbes wrote that “a perpetual and restless desire of power, that ceaseth only in death, is a general inclination of all mankind.” In this video, we will discuss 20th century English philosopher Anthony Ludovici’s interpretation of the will to power, and we will also discuss its relevance to the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe. Continue reading