Nietzsche, Skepticism, and Eternal Recurrence

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 13 (3):365 - 387 (1983)

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Philip J. Kain
Santa Clara University
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FOR NIETZSCHE, THERE IS NO TRUTH. WHAT THEN ARE WE TO SAY OF HIS DOCTRINES OF WILL TO POWER AND ETERNAL RECURRENCE WHICH SEEM TO BE HELD AS TRUTHS? THEY TOO ARE ILLUSIONS. BUT, IF SO, HOW CAN ONE HOLD THAT THESE ILLUSIONS ARE TO BE PREFERRED TO OTHER ILLUSIONS? BECAUSE THE HIGHEST STATE IS TO BE THE SOURCE OF ALL VALUE AND MEANING ONESELF WITHOUT RELYING ON AN INDEPENDENT STANDARD OF TRUTH.
Keywords Nietzsche  skepticism  eternal recurrence
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DOI 10.1080/00455091.1983.10715843
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