7. The kill-joy in science

In one sentence:

Socratic search for happiness binds science


Human, all too human a book for free spirits Part I, translated by Helen Zimmern 1914

  1. THE KILL-JOY IN SCIENCE.—Philosophy separated from science when it asked the question, “Which is the knowledge of the world and of life which enables man to live most happily?” This happened in the Socratic schools ; the veins of scientific investigation were bound up by the point of view of happiness,—and are so still.

Menschliches allzumenschlich 1878/80

  1. Der Störenfried in der Wissenschaft. Die Philosophie schied sich von der Wissenschaft, als sie die Frage stellte: welches ist diejenige Erkenntnis der Welt und des Lebens, bei welcher der Mensch am glücklichsten lebt? Dies geschah in den sokratischen Schulen: durch den Gesichtspunkt des Glücks unterband man die Blutadern der wissenschaftlichen Forschung – und tut es heute noch.

Sources:

I will read a Dutch translation that is based on the work of researchers Colli and Montinari. I also use a translation from R.J.Hollingdale that is more modern than the copyright free translation I use here. This is a translation from 1909 by Helen Zimmern, who knew Nietzsche personally, but there was no critical study of Nietzsche’s work done back then and this translation suffers from that. The same goes for the translation from Alexander Harvey. My German is not good enough to pretend that I can translate it better than the professionals do but I will use the original as a referee.

  1. Menselijk al te menselijk een boek voor vrije geesten, translated by Thomas Graftdijk, 2000. Buy it here
  2. Human, all too human a book for free spirits, translated by R.J.Hollingdale, 1996
  3. Human, all too human a book for free spirits I V3, translated by Gary handwerk 1997
  4. Human, all too human a book for free spirits Part I, translated by Helen Zimmern 1909. Read it  here
  5. Human, all too human a book for free spirits, translated by Alexander Harvey, 1908. Read it here
  6. Menschliches allzu menschlich 1878/80. Read it here

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