Superstition about philosophers: confusion with scholars and scientists. As if values were inherent in things and all one had to do was grasp them! To what extent they study under the direction of given values (their hatred of appearance, the body, etc.)… At last, confusion goes so far that one regards Darwinism as philosophy: and now the scholars and scientists dominate. Even Frenchmen like Taine inquire, or think they inquire, without being already in possession of a standard of values. Prostration before “facts,” a kind of cult. In reality, they destroy the existing evaluations. – Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power, Fragment 422


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