Ambiguity and the Absolute
Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty on the Question of Truth
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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In ????, as he was still reeling from the death of his fi rst child, an in-fant boy named Rumbartus, a young Rembrandt composed one of his most direct and explicit works, the remarkable etching Abraham Caressing Isaac. Th is was not his fi rst attempt at unraveling the mysteries attached to the most famous infanticide in Western culture. In the months following ...
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Friedrich Nietz sche (?????????) and Maurice Merleau-Ponty (?????????) could hardly be more di? erent men or, indeed, di? erent thinkers. Initially, it seems only contrasts can be drawn between them. Jean-Fran?ois Lyo-tard calls Merleau-Ponty ?one of the least arrogant of all philosophers,? a description hardly anyone would apply to Nietz sche (Lyotard ????, ???). ...
Nietz sche on Self-Diff erentiationand Genealogy
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In this chapter, I examine the role of predicative truth in Nietz sche?s genea-logical accounts of ????. My general claim is that Nietz sche identifi es the origin of the vicissitudes of mankind as an essential property of both the self and reality (that is to say, in phenomenological terms, the world) that I call self-di? erentiation. I mean self-di? erentiation as the ability of real-...
Th e Incorporation of Truth and the Symbiosisof Truth and Life
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I have shown in Chapter ? that the asymptotical structure is an essential feature of the will to power. I have also argued that determinacy, in the form of sublimation, was an essential feature of truth. Th is presents us with a paradox: the very nature of conceptual knowledge is in contradic-tion with the nature of reality. In this chapter, I will examine how Nietz-...
Th e Self-Becoming of the Worldand the Incompleteness of Being
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Th e relationship between the value of self-becoming and Being has just been clarifi ed in modal terms. It is now apparent that Being is in the full sense only when the potential and the actual are connected. We now need to ask what consequences can be expected from achieving our individual task of self-becoming, for if one needs to become oneself for the sake of Being, the ...
Transition: Vicious Circles, Virtuous Circles, and MeetingMerleau-Ponty in the Middle
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...?Th e earth,? he said, ?has a skin; and this skin has diseases. One of these Nietz sche?s e? orts are all directed toward health and against sickness. In this sense, the concept of self-becoming represents the crux of Nietz schean ethics. However, Nietz sche?s fundamental monism envisages both the individual?s self and the very structure of reality as ?fate? and it does not ...
Th e Origin of Truth
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What is it in us that really wants the ?truth?? It is true that we paused for a Merleau-Ponty?s masterwork Th e Visible and the Invisible was originally to be entitled Th e Origin of Truth (P?, ??; SNS, ??n??/???n?) or Genealogy of Truth. For Merleau-Ponty, the question of the origin of truth synthesized both the critical and the positive aspects of his project. Finding the origin ...
Existential Reduction and the Object of Truth
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Th e phenomenological reduction is the locus of normativity in Merleau-Ponty?s philosophy. It is assigned the task of discriminating between the true and the false within the phenomenal world. Th anks to it, Merleau-Ponty conquers the chance to build?beyond a descriptive phenomenol-ogy?a philosophy of perception. Th is is made possible by the fact that ...
Merleau-Ponty’s “Soft” Ontologyof Truth as Falsifi cation
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It is now clear that Merleau-Ponty?s reformulation of the Husserlian re-duction as existential reduction gave priority to phenomenality over phe-nomena and to the ?one? over the multiple. In Merleau-Ponty?s view, this amounts to a reduction to the ontological. In Chapter ?, we had encoun-tered this ?one? as the zone of subjectivity that structures perception and ...
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To insert truth as a processus in infi nitum, an active determination, not a becoming conscious of something that is ?in itself? fi xed and determinate.Th e parallel between Nietz sche?s and Merleau-Ponty?s treatments of the question of truth leads to a single ontological claim: Being is self- falsifi cation through truth, and the phenomenon of truth is its essence. As regards ...
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Page Count: 304
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy