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Nietzsche’s Pragmatism. A Study on Perspectival Thought
by Pietro Gori. Eng. Trans. Berlin/Boston, De Gruyter 2019. xii, 170 pages
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P. Gori, Nietzsche’s Pragmatism. A Study on Perspectival Thought (Eng. Trans. by Sarah De sanctis)
Walter De Gruyter, 2019
During his late period, Nietzsche is particularly concerned with the value that mankind attributes to truth. In dealing with that topic, Nietzsche is not primarly interested in the metaphysical disputes on truth, but rather in the effects that the “will to truth” has on the human being. In fact, he argues that the “faith in a value as such of truth” influenced Western culture and started the anthropological degeneration of the human type that characterizes European morality. To call into question the value of truth is therefore necessary, if one wants to help mankind to find her way in the labyrinth of nihilism.
In this new addition to Nietzsche scholarship, Gori explores the origin and aim of the philosopher’s late perspectival thought by merging the theoretical with the historical approach, with a special focus on the epistemological debate that influenced Nietzsche. As a result, the book provides a contextual reading of the issue that supports the idea that Nietzsche’s attitude in addressing the problem of truth is, in a broad sense, pragmatic.
Table of Contents:
1. Evolutionary Epistemology and the Critique of Truth
2. Pursuit of Facts and Interpretations. A Contextual Reading of NL 1886–87, 7
3. Perspectivism and Herd Morality
4. Many Names for the Same Way of Thinking
5. A Pragmatist Conception of Truth