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Unpublished Paper
Friedrich Nietzsche: The Abyss and Technology
  • Mary Willis, Limestone College
Friedrich Nietzsche, while being an extremely interesting man, shall only be a part of the focus of this thesis. Nietzsche was famous for an often misquoted quote which goes like this: “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” I would like to take this quote and borrow from Nietzsche’s philosophical ideas about life to compare modern technology to the abyss. Nietzsche claims that the principle of “life” is a more pressing and higher concern than that of “knowledge,” and that the quest for knowledge should serve the interests of life. If this is true, how does emerging technology serve the interests of life and is it for the betterment of society as a whole? I shall also contrast the technological abyss to the works of Alvin Toffler in Future Shock and Kyoshi Kurosawa, writer of the Japanese film Pulse.
  • technology,
  • the abyss,
  • pulse
Publication Date
Fall 2012
Citation Information
Mary Willis. "Friedrich Nietzsche: The Abyss and Technology" (2012)
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