chapter  1
Presocratic Greek Philosophy
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The philosophers Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche in many ways more different; they differ in style, method and conclusions. Hegel is methodical and technical where Nietzsche is deliberately unsystematic and literary; this renders them both obscure and difficult to understand, but in different ways. There is a connecting intellectual element, although what each makes of this common element produces quite different philosophies. A common connection between Hegel and Nietzsche is the German intellectual tradition derived from Kant. Hegel and Nietzsche make something quite different of the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Hegel sees the solution as lying in metaphysical or absolute idealism. Nietzsche concludes that the concepts can have no necessary and universal validity because no concept can; they are interpretations that must be seen as originating in certain features of the distinctively human condition; there can be no overall non-perspectival conceptual system, devoid of all and any points of view, which would give a complete description of reality.