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Nietzsche's perspectivism and problems of self-refutation

journal contribution
posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Nick Trakakis
Nietzsche's perspectivism has aroused the perplexity of many a recent commentator, not least because of the doctrine's apparent self-refuting character.  If, as Nietzsche holds, there are no facts but only interpretations, then how are we to understand this claim itself?  Nietzsche's perspectivism must be construed either as a facts or as one further interpretation - but in the former case the doctine is clearly self-refuting, while in the latter case any reasons or arguments one may have in support of one's perspective are rendered both impotent and superflouos.  The unpalatable consequencs of Nietzsche's perspectivism are further highlighted by considering its effects on Nietzsche's treatment of the fundamental laws of logic, such as the principle of non-contradiction.  Finally, Nietzsche's perspectivism, if not self-refuting, at least seems to be refuted by his own writings, where he confidently puts forward various doctines and critiques, thus indicating that he does not think of his own beliefs as being true merely in a perspectival sense.  There is every reason, i conclude, to be perplexed about Nietzsche's perspectivism.

History

Journal

International philosophical quarterly

Volume

46

Issue

1

Pagination

91 - 110

Publisher

Philosophy Documentation Center

Location

Bowling Green, Oh.

ISSN

0019-0365

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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