Transcendental Elitism

International Studies in Philosophy 39 (3):163-177 (2007)
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Robert Guay
State University of New York at Binghamton
Abstract
Even popular caricatures of philosophers serve important philosophical functions. By coordinating personae with ideas, they facilitate conversations involving matters that we would otherwise neglect. But one function they do not serve is generating consistency. And indeed, Nietzsche serves for us as both the transgressor of all boundaries and unmasker of all pretensions, and at the same time as the ultimate elitist who is available to us in modern culture. There are, of course, ways to reconcile these: perhaps anti-elitism is the last boundary that needs to be transgressed? I shall suggest here, however, that we would do better to efface this caricature somewhat, in order to get closer to a position that is both Nietzsche’s and more interesting than the caricature.
Keywords Conference Proceedings  Continental Philosophy
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DOI 10.5840/intstudphil200739320
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