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Genealogy and Irony

Genealogy and Irony The thesis of this article is that Nietzsche&apos;s use of irony in <i>On the Genealogy of Morals</i> is so pervasive that it cannot be relied upon to report Nietzsche&apos;s views, even at the moment of writing, on a historical sequence of events or the causal sources of the phenomena that Nietzsche identifies. I argue, primarily on the basis of textual evidence, that Nietzsche&apos;s procedure is neither to reliably report his own views nor to assert the reality of what might be called the theoretical terms of the account. I offer as an explanatory hypothesis that Nietzsche adopted this procedure as a response to a problem of epistemic authority that he confronted in assessing morality. I also provide some historical context for Nietzsche&apos;s method and discuss some implications of my view for the interpretation of Nietzsche&apos;s project. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

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Abstract

The thesis of this article is that Nietzsche&apos;s use of irony in <i>On the Genealogy of Morals</i> is so pervasive that it cannot be relied upon to report Nietzsche&apos;s views, even at the moment of writing, on a historical sequence of events or the causal sources of the phenomena that Nietzsche identifies. I argue, primarily on the basis of textual evidence, that Nietzsche&apos;s procedure is neither to reliably report his own views nor to assert the reality of what might be called the theoretical terms of the account. I offer as an explanatory hypothesis that Nietzsche adopted this procedure as a response to a problem of epistemic authority that he confronted in assessing morality. I also provide some historical context for Nietzsche&apos;s method and discuss some implications of my view for the interpretation of Nietzsche&apos;s project.

Journal

The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: May 18, 2011

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