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World, philosophy: here we are concerned about what is counted as a world. If the world is conceived as a totality of objects, states, processes and their relations, as well as the totality of actions and thoughts, no statements are possible about the world which are not circular. See also universe, ontology, totality, whole, outer/inner, paradoxes, circularity.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

Author Concept Summary/Quotes Sources

Friedrich Nietzsche on World - Dictionary of Arguments

Ries II 17
World/Redemption/Nietzsche: Claim of a redemption of the world to the "dance floor for divine coincidences".
Danto III 45
World/Values/Nietzsche/Danto: to describe the world as worthless does not necessarily mean to give it a low value within the framework of a value scheme (...), therefore, it does not have to make sense to give it a value at all. Values are not better applicable to the world than weight measurements on numbers. There is nothing that our beliefs can correspond to, not purpose or order, neither things nor facts. And so all our beliefs are wrong. Nietzsche regards this as the most extreme form of nihilism. (F. Nietzsche: Nachlass, Berlin, 1999, p. 555).
Danto III 46
According to Nietzsche's own experience, the knowledge that the world is without all form and meaning is intoxicating; and if this knowledge should suggest anything, then a "Dionysian saying yes to the world as it is, without deduction, exception and selection" (F. Nietzsche: Nachlass, Berlin, 1999, p. 834).
Danto III 159
World/NietzscheVsHegel/Nietzsche/Danto: The world has no sensible figure besides the one we have given it. But then we do not represent any more sensible beings than the world itself is a reasonable place. This does not mean that we are irrational, but merely that the distinction between rationality and irrationality cannot be taken into account.
That all truth is wrong, that knowledge equals ignorance - to say this and the like means nothing more than twisting and exaggerating words.
That does not mean that we should flee from these pipe dreams.
Danto III 274
World/Nietzsche/Danto: According to Nietzsche, the world is something we have done and always do. It has no other form or meaning than that which we impose on it.
Nietzsche: The belief that the world that should be, really exists, is a belief of the unproductive who do not want to create a world, as it should be. They put it as existing, they search for means and ways to get to it. 'Will to Truth' - as powerlessness of the will to create. (F. Nietzsche: Nachlass, Berlin 1999, p. 549.)
((s) See Putnam: "Why there isn't a ready-made world, Synthese Vol. 51, No. 2, Realism, Part I (May, 1982), pp. 141-167 ).

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Nie I
Friedrich Nietzsche
Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe Berlin 2009

Nie V
F. Nietzsche
Beyond Good and Evil 2014

Ries II
Wiebrecht Ries
Nietzsche zur Einführung Hamburg 1990

Danto I
A. C. Danto
Connections to the World - The Basic Concepts of Philosophy, New York 1989
German Edition:
Wege zur Welt München 1999

Danto III
Arthur C. Danto
Nietzsche as Philosopher: An Original Study, New York 1965
German Edition:
Nietzsche als Philosoph München 1998

Danto VII
A. C. Danto
The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art (Columbia Classics in Philosophy) New York 2005

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