How Does Philosophy Become What It Is?

Matthew Statler

in Styles of Piety

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225002
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237081 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

How Does Philosophy Become What It               Is?

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This chapter attempts to formulate a basis for philosophy without reference to the principle of non-contradiction. The need for such an exercise derives from the observation that while the logical basis of all philosophy is the axiomatic noncontradiction, there is an inherent self-contradiction in that non-contradiction can only establish relative truths, but not the truth of philosophy itself, such that acceptance of the truth of non-contradiction is a kind of piety. The chapter questions if such piety is intellectually honest given the aspirations of philosophy. Throughout the chapter, relevant writings of Nietzsche's are examined, along with some of Socrates' and Plato's ideas. The ultimate determination is that the continuity or self-sameness of philosophy is as much a conundrum as the conundrums philosophy classically attempts to solve under the rubric of non-contradiction. Philosophy is what it is at any given moment, with no clear genealogy or future.

Keywords: Nietzsche; Plato; Socrates; non-contradiction; philosophy; genealogy of philosophy

Chapter.  5421 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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