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Nietzsche on Ethics and Politics$
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Maudemarie Clark

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199371846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371846.001.0001

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On Knowledge, Truth, and Value

On Knowledge, Truth, and Value

Nietzsche’s Debt to Schopenhauer and the Development of his Empiricism

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(p.213) { 12 } On Knowledge, Truth, and Value
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Nietzsche on Ethics and Politics
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Maudemarie Clark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371846.003.0013

This chapter shows that Schopenhauer’s main influence on Nietzsche’s philosophy is to be found not in his metaphysics, which Nietzsche soon rejected, but in his empiricist tendencies. It argues that, apart from his metaphysics, Schopenhauer is very close to Hume, and that on issues concerning truth, knowledge, and the metaphysics of value, Nietzsche derived his own views fairly directly from the Humean side of Schopenhauer’s philosophy. To show this, the chapter focuses on drawing out and substantiating the implications of one passage, The Gay Science 99. This passage distinguishes what “really has value” in Schopenhauer, “his sense for hard facts, his good will for clarity and reason,” from his “mystical embarrassments and subterfuges in those places where the factual thinker allowed himself to be seduced and corrupted by the vain urge to be unriddler of the world.”

Keywords:   Nietzsche, truth, knowledge, metaphysics of value, Schopenhauer, Hume, empiricist

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