A Philosophical Look at the Egocentric Interpretation of Self-transcendence in Man in the Light of Nietzsche

Ngeh Asah Theophilus


The concept of self-transcendence does not only exist in the concrete and experimental sense of human existence but also extends to the metaphysical realm. It goes beyond the physical world and extends itself to abstract things. That is, from material things, the concept of self-transcendence was transferred into the realm of a spiritual and abstract concept. As a result of this extension of the concept of self-transcendence to metaphysical things, we can then say that substance transcends accidents, the world of spirit transcends that of matter, God transcends the world, the soul transcends the body, intellectual knowledge transcends sensory knowledge and things of this nature. These things are really spiritual and abstract for we cannot touch them. We shall therefore at this juncture examine critically one after the other this spiritual abstract manifestation of self-transcendence to see to what extent they are true.

Keywords: Egocentric, self transcendence, Nietcsche, man

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