Animality, Language, and Truth

Vanessa Lemm

in Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230273
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235469 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Animality, Language, and Truth

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This chapter argues that Friedrich Nietzsche's criticism on metaphysics aims at a renewal of the meaning of philosophy as the pursuit of truth. It contends that throughout his work, Nietzsche maintains the controversial claim that truth is a metaphor and that consideration of truth is inseparable from a consideration of language. He argues that since truth is a metaphor, it fails to capture life and, moreover, metaphors are rationalizations and abstractions that destroy life. Nietzsche also believes that animal silence is the source of the metaphorical character of human animal language.

Keywords: animal silence; metaphysics; philosophy; abstractions; metaphor; human animal language

Chapter.  16907 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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