Journal Article

Beyond the Veil: A Woman Named Truth and the Truth of Woman

Matthew Bennett

in Literature and Theology

Volume 22, issue 3, pages 313-323
Published in print September 2008 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online July 2008 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI:
Beyond the Veil: A Woman Named Truth and the Truth of Woman

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‘Beyond the Veil’ seeks to understand the relation between truth and woman in Nietzsche's works. I will attempt this by asking two questions. First: how does Nietzsche establish an anthropomorphic feminine truth, and what is achieved by this metaphor? Second: what is Nietzsche's truth about woman? Through analysis of selected passages, I will argue that Nietzsche, through gendering truth, displays a conviction that what we believe to be true functions as such only when ‘veiled’; the metaphor of a veiled woman named truth, I will argue, presents truth as something that retains its value insofar as the truth remains shrouded, distant and unexamined. With this first answer established, the second question will prove to be undermined by Nietzsche's numerous and at times ironic ‘truths' about woman. I will argue that the diverse range of women in Nietzsche's texts problematises the possibility of a Nietzschean ambition to reveal woman in her true form. Moreover, I will claim that Nietzsche's critique of the dogmatic philosopher's ‘will to truth’ subverts the notion that Nietzsche intends to offer a sincere, ‘unveiled’, truth about woman.

Journal Article.  4662 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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