Philosophy315 – Second Historical Paper
Write on one of the following topics:
1) Present, in detail and in your own words, Nietzsche’s argument in Section 344 of The
Gay Science. Then offer what you believe to be the strongest objection to this
2) What does Nietzsche think is wrong with those he calls “scholars” in Book 6 of Beyond
Good and Evil? (Feel free to support your answer using other texts we’ve read for this
3) Explain what Nietzsche has in mind when he suggests that we should “escape
nihilism [by] revaluating our values so far”? Do you agree with this suggestion? Why
or why not?
4) What is Nietzsche’s view about the relationship between “decadence” and
“exhaustion”, on one hand, and nihilism, on the other?