What does Nietzsche have to say in response to Schopenhauer’s view that what we as human beings should do is to stay away from pain and suffering? How does Nietzsche’s view help inspire us to work hard and strive to do our best?
Being one of the late 19th century existentialists, philosopher Nietzsche maintains that, individuals are solely responsible for giving their own life a meaning, rather than projecting the blame to other objects. Considering Schopenhauer’s views on pain that misfortune is a rule, Nietzsche seems to contradict with these claims when he considers individuals as having the autonomy to control their lives’ activities (Jamie 26)). Philosophy of Problem Solving and Reasoning.
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