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Nietzsche's Perspectival Theory of Knowledge

Tsarina Doyle

in Nietzsche on Epistemology and Metaphysics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748628070
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652594 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748628070.003.0002
Nietzsche's Perspectival Theory of Knowledge

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This chapter investigates how we can have objective knowledge of mind-independent reality without violating the anthropocentric conditions of our knowledge. It discusses Friedrich Nietzsche's specific arguments in favour of the objectivity of human knowledge and examines his perspectivism as a rejection of metaphysical realism. It analyses Nietzsche's argument that our truths are always justified from within a particular point of view and that once the idea of extra-perspectival truth has been shown to be unintelligible there is no longer any reason to consider our perspectival truths as anything but objective.

Keywords: objective knowledge; mind-independent reality; Friedrich Nietzsche; perspectivism; metaphysical realism; truths

Chapter.  12237 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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