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Nietzsche on Truth and the Value of Falsehood

Nietzsche on Truth and the Value of Falsehood <p>Abstract:</p><p>Nietzsche often gives the impression that all human beliefs are false. Some scholars, like Maudemarie Clark, believe that such a "falsification thesis" is unacceptable and try to limit Nietzsche&apos;s commitment to it, claiming that he abandons it in his very last works. Others, like Lanier Anderson and Nadeem Hussain, take it in ways that make it true and locate it in all. I argue that the view that is common to both approaches—that Nietzsche held that thesis in the first place—is unjustified. To that end, I interpret the texts where these scholars claim to find the thesis in a way that shows that they do not commit Nietzsche to it, and I offer some reasons for thinking that this is a more fruitful way of interpreting his views on the importance of truth—and falsehood—and their function in the economy of human life.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Nietzsche on Truth and the Value of Falsehood

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 48 (3) – Nov 22, 2017

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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>Nietzsche often gives the impression that all human beliefs are false. Some scholars, like Maudemarie Clark, believe that such a "falsification thesis" is unacceptable and try to limit Nietzsche&apos;s commitment to it, claiming that he abandons it in his very last works. Others, like Lanier Anderson and Nadeem Hussain, take it in ways that make it true and locate it in all. I argue that the view that is common to both approaches—that Nietzsche held that thesis in the first place—is unjustified. To that end, I interpret the texts where these scholars claim to find the thesis in a way that shows that they do not commit Nietzsche to it, and I offer some reasons for thinking that this is a more fruitful way of interpreting his views on the importance of truth—and falsehood—and their function in the economy of human life.</p>

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Nov 22, 2017

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