Nietzsche and Freud: Love Thy Neighbor

4 April 2015
A paper which discusses views held by Nietzsche and Freud on man’s relationship with his neighbors.

This paper explores the views held by Nietzsche and Freud over human nature in general and neighbors in particular. The paper discusses the fallibility of theories held by the two thinkers citing examples such as the relationship between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
In contrast with the religious teachings and the moralistic stance, both Freud and Nietzsche have taken a rather negative stance. In an attempt to equip human nature with greater knowledge of his fellowmen, they have destroyed the inherent goodness and innocence. The ignorance regarding an individual’s ulterior intentions tends to result in civility and spontaneity in human interactions. The knowledge on the other hand, begets negativity and cynicism. The knowledge that a fellowman’s ill will towards oneself only results in a desire to seek revenge which only perpetuates the cycle of negative actions and consequent negative reactions.
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