Machiavelli or Nietzsche

Machiavelli is the better realist regarding politics. He is on the short list of political philosophers of history that were most influential.’The Prince’ is basic and easy to read.  Politicians have read him over the course of history. Nietzsche hadn’t much to say that was useful regarding philosophy. He actually taught a course in philology and just a couple of people ever attended including a college janitor. Nietzsche has been revered by atheists and Nazi symps. His primary interesting point is the eternal recurrence at the core of Thus Spake Zarathustra where he is an advocate for being beyond good and evil as a superman. Nietzsche was more of a philosophically minded romantic political anarchist social commentator than actual philosopher; I like metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, truth theories and social philosophy concerning government more than weird ontological theories that appear prima facie wrong. It is useful to know what Nietzsche had to say in order to reply to the dopers that venerate him.

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