On Nietzsche’s Human All Too Human: Issues and Prospects

  • Remedios C. Bacus


Every human being desires to be appreciated, fulfilled, loved, free. He delights in anything that pleases his body, but the body sets the limitations and thus making man in a state of disproportion. Caught in the never-ending push and pull between itself and non-self, human beings are always in conflict with themselves. The limitations and disproportion of the man lead to the many chances of fallibility. What we know and what we claim as ‘wisdom' is actually just a coherent collection of perception, a product of a sensible world. These perceptions are biased or prone to bias, making the ‘truth' a relative notion. This cements Paul Ricoeur's constant conviction that to be human is to be embodied, free, rational, creative, moral and finite. The ‘finiteness' of man condemns him to be imperfect. The limitations cause him to have flaws, to be fallible, and these flaws are stereotypical of human beings. To live a meaningful life, to trudge in the right direction in life, Friedrich Nietzsche postulated that "human beings are all-too-human." The succeeding parts outlined the key points highlighted in Nietzsche's celebrated book, "Human, All Too Human."Keywords: philosophy, humanness, fallibility, finiteness