Nietzsche and Metaphysics
By (author) Peter Poellner
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Nietzsche and Metaphysics by Peter Poellner
Book DescriptionThe last decade has seen a very considerable revival of interest in Nietzsche. However, many of the studies available in English fail to do justice to the complexity of his writings and tend to involve only very partial and limited readings of his work. This book offers a new and comprehensive interpretation and a detailed critical assessment of Nietzsche's later ideas on epistemology and metaphysics, drawing extensively not only on his published works but also his voluminous notebooks, largely unpublished in English. The author examines Nietzsche's various distinct lines of thought on the traditionally central areas of philosophy and shows in what specific sense Nietzsche, as he himself claimed, might be said to have moved beyond these questions. Throughout the book, considerable attention is paid both to the historical context of his writings and to subsequent developments in philosophy-English-language as well as Continental European. Among the themes discussed are Nietzsche's relation to scepticism and to evolutionary epistemology; his analysis of 'objective reality' and the associated 'perspectivism'; his criticism of the metaphysician's 'will to truth' and the related analysis of the intellectual paradigm he called the 'ascetic ideal'; and his notion of unconscious mental states; and the concept of the will to power and its relation to metaphysics. Dr Peollner, while recognizing the originality of Nietzsche's influential new philosophical paradigm, shows that his thought has closer affinities to the orthodox philosophical tradition than is generally supposed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198235170
(223mm x 144mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 28-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Peter Poellner offers an original interpretation and a critical assessment of Nietzsche's influential work on the traditionally central questions of philosophy concerning the possibility of knowledge and the nature of reality. Poellner draws not only on Nietzsche's published works but also on his voluminous notebooks, largely unpublished.
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