"My demand of the philosopher is well known: that he take his stand beyond good and evil and treat the illusion of moral judgment as beneath him. This demand follows from an insight that I was the first to articulate: that there are no moral facts. Moral and religious judgments are based on realities that do not exist.
Morality is merely an interpretation of certain phenomena — more precisely, a misinterpretation. Moral judgments, like religious ones, belong to a stage of ignorance in which the very concept of the real, and the distinction between what is real and imaginary, are still lacking. “Truth” at this stage designates all sorts of things that we today call “figments of the imagination.” Moral judgments are therefore never to be taken literally: so understood, they are always merely absurd.
Semiotically, however, they remain invaluable: they reveal, at least for those who can interpret them, the most valuable realities of cultures and psychologies that did not know how to “understand” themselves.
Morality is only a language of signs, a group of symptoms: one must know how to interpret them correctly to be able to profit from them.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer

"My demand of the philosopher is well known: that he take his stand beyond good and evil and treat the illusion of moral judgment as beneath him. This demand follows from an insight that I was the first to articulate: that there are no moral facts. Moral and religious judgments are based on realities that do not exist.

Morality is merely an interpretation of certain phenomena — more precisely, a misinterpretation. Moral judgments, like religious ones, belong to a stage of ignorance in which the very concept of the real, and the distinction between what is real and imaginary, are still lacking. “Truth” at this stage designates all sorts of things that we today call “figments of the imagination.” Moral judgments are therefore never to be taken literally: so understood, they are always merely absurd.

Semiotically, however, they remain invaluable: they reveal, at least for those who can interpret them, the most valuable realities of cultures and psychologies that did not know how to “understand” themselves.

Morality is only a language of signs, a group of symptoms: one must know how to interpret them correctly to be able to profit from them.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer

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