Nietzsche on Truth and Philosophy

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Cambridge University Press, 1990 - Philosophy - 298 pages
Friedrich Nietzsche haunts the modern world. His elusive writings with their characteristic combination of trenchant analysis of the modern predicament and suggestive but ambiguous proposals for dealing with it have fascinated generations of artists, scholars, critics, philosophers, and ordinary readers. Maudemarie Clark's highly original study gives a lucid and penetrating analytical account of all the central topics of Nietzsche's epistemology and metaphysics, including his views on truth and language, his perspectivism, and his doctrines of the will-to-power and the eternal recurrence. The Nietzsche who emerges from these pages is a subtle and sophisticated philosopher, whose highly articulated views are of continuing interest as contributions to a whole range of philosphical issues. This remarkable reading of Nietzsche will interest not only philosophers, but also readers in neighboring disciplines such as literature and intellectual history.
 

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Contents

Interpreting Nietzsche on truth
1
Kaufmann and Heidegger
5
the new Nietzsche
11
4 Sketch of a combined interpretation
21
5 The role of the Nachlass
25
Nietzsche and theories of truth
29
1 Nietzsches commitment to truth as correspondence
31
2 Against the metaphysical correspondence theory
40
3 Perspectivism and incommensurability
138
4 An alternative account of the metaphor of perspective
144
5 Other interpretations of perspectivism
150
The ascetic ideal
159
1 Nietzsches opposition to the ascetic ideal
160
2 Philosophers and the ascetic ideal
167
3 Metaphysics and the ascetic ideal
171
4 Truth and the ascetic ideal
180

3 Descartes Kant and Nietzsche
51
Language and truth Nietzsches early denial of truth
63
1 Truths as illusions
65
2 Language as metaphor
69
3 Representationalism and thingsinthemselves
77
4 The metaphysical correspondence theory in Truth and Lie
85
5 An internal critique of Truth and Lie
90
The development of Nietzsches later position on truth
95
2 Truth and science in Nietzsches later works
103
3 The error of the true world
109
4 Representationalism in Nietzsches later works
117
Perspectivism
127
1 A neoKantian interpretation of perspectivism
128
2 Perspectivism and representationalism
135
5 Overcoming the ascetic ideal
193
The will to power
205
2 The published argument for the world as will to power
212
3 Philosophy and the doctrine of will to power in Beyond Good and Evil
218
4 The psychology of the will to power and its relation to the will to truth
227
Eternal recurrence
245
1 The irrelevance of the truth of recurrence
247
2 The published texts
254
3 Does it matter if we recur?
266
4 Meaning revenge against life and the ‹bermensch
270
5 The evaluation of Nietzsches ideal
277
Bibliography
287
Index
293
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