How could anything originate out of its opposite? for example, truth out of error? or the will to truth out of the will to deception? . . . . such origins are impossible; whoever dreams of them is a fool, indeed worse; the things of the highest value must have another peculiar origin. . . . Rather from the lap of being, the intransitory, the hidden god, the ‘thing-in-itself ’ - there must be their basis and nowhere else. This way of judging constitutes the typical prejudgement and
prejudice which give away the metaphysicians of all ages; . . . it is on account of this ‘faith’ that they trouble themselves about ‘knowledge’, about something that is finally baptised solemnly as ‘the truth’. The fundamental faith of the metaphysicians is the faith in opposite values. . . .