Journal of Nietzsche Studies 42 (1):51-72 (forthcoming)
|Abstract||In an essay titled "Thucydides, Nietzsche, and Williams," Raymond Geuss claims that Nietzsche "broke radically with the foundation of Western philosophy" by taking the historian Thucydides as his philosophical model, thus rewriting a two-thousand-year-old narrative that places the genius of Plato and Socrates at its center.1 Nietzsche's shift away from the dominant narrative, Geuss argues, is motivated by a commitment to realism.2 Nietzsche extols Thucydides for his impartiality and courage, for his ability to see reality, in all of its manifest injustice and foolishness, from an undistorted point of view. At the same time, he condemns Plato as a coward on account of his habitual "moralization" and ..|
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