Perspectivism and Falsification Revisited: Nietzsche, Nehamas, and Me

Perspectivism and Falsification Revisited: Nietzsche, Nehamas, and Me <p>Abstract:</p><p>In this article, I offer the beginning of a new interpretation of Nietzsche&apos;s perspectivism, one that restricts the scope of the knowledge to which it applies. I do so by presenting a new reading of one of Nietzsche&apos;s most important passages on perspectivism, <i>Genealogy</i> III:12. I arrive at this reading by revisiting Alexander Nehamas&apos;s 1985 interpretation of perspectivism, my 1990 alternative to it, and Nehamas&apos;s recent criticism of that alternative in the <i>Journal of Nietzsche Studies</i>. I argue that, despite some errors that I made, my developmental approach to interpreting Nietzsche&apos;s commitment to the falsification thesis still holds up against Nehamas&apos;s recent criticism. I then argue against his 2017 account of falsification in <i>The Gay Science</i> and his 1990 and 2017 accounts of perspectivism. In the end, I argue that we both made the same mistake of thinking that Nietzsche&apos;s perspectivism applies to all knowledge.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Perspectivism and Falsification Revisited: Nietzsche, Nehamas, and Me

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Volume 49 (1) – Mar 13, 2018

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<p>Abstract:</p><p>In this article, I offer the beginning of a new interpretation of Nietzsche&apos;s perspectivism, one that restricts the scope of the knowledge to which it applies. I do so by presenting a new reading of one of Nietzsche&apos;s most important passages on perspectivism, <i>Genealogy</i> III:12. I arrive at this reading by revisiting Alexander Nehamas&apos;s 1985 interpretation of perspectivism, my 1990 alternative to it, and Nehamas&apos;s recent criticism of that alternative in the <i>Journal of Nietzsche Studies</i>. I argue that, despite some errors that I made, my developmental approach to interpreting Nietzsche&apos;s commitment to the falsification thesis still holds up against Nehamas&apos;s recent criticism. I then argue against his 2017 account of falsification in <i>The Gay Science</i> and his 1990 and 2017 accounts of perspectivism. In the end, I argue that we both made the same mistake of thinking that Nietzsche&apos;s perspectivism applies to all knowledge.</p>

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