More Modesty, Less Charity

More Modesty, Less Charity 240 | JOURNAL OF NIETZSCHE STUDIES they do not confer these benefits, they are still, when done well, a valuable intellectual endeavor in their own right, whether excavating past views, or rebuilding them with philosophical ingenuity and creativity. We would bring Nietzsche studies to a standstill if we turned to focus just on the metaissues of this sort. But it is something we should be thinking about, as we explore a variety of new paths in Nietzsche studies. Christopher Janaway, University of Southampton Suppose someone asks, “Where does Nietzsche stand in the debate between today’s error theorists and non-cognitivists?” Wouldn’t that be rather like asking what Bismarck’s policy is on the European Union or whether Mahler thinks MP3 streaming is killing live music? We could certainly pose a more careful, speculative kind of question, and ask what these figures from the late nineteenth century “would have thought” about today’s issues (in the Bismarck case, people do ask this), and that exercise might be illuminating. But caveats apply: first, we should enter such an exercise in a hypothetical, exploratory frame of mind, using our imagination, but prepared to find no clear answer; second, any answer we produce can be illuminating http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

More Modesty, Less Charity

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240 | JOURNAL OF NIETZSCHE STUDIES they do not confer these benefits, they are still, when done well, a valuable intellectual endeavor in their own right, whether excavating past views, or rebuilding them with philosophical ingenuity and creativity. We would bring Nietzsche studies to a standstill if we turned to focus just on the metaissues of this sort. But it is something we should be thinking about, as we explore a variety of new paths in Nietzsche studies. Christopher Janaway, University of Southampton Suppose someone asks, “Where does Nietzsche stand in the debate between today’s error theorists and non-cognitivists?” Wouldn’t that be rather like asking what Bismarck’s policy is on the European Union or whether Mahler thinks MP3 streaming is killing live music? We could certainly pose a more careful, speculative kind of question, and ask what these figures from the late nineteenth century “would have thought” about today’s issues (in the Bismarck case, people do ask this), and that exercise might be illuminating. But caveats apply: first, we should enter such an exercise in a hypothetical, exploratory frame of mind, using our imagination, but prepared to find no clear answer; second, any answer we produce can be illuminating

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Dec 5, 2018

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