In Michael Förster & Kristin Gjesdal (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Hermeneutics. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)

Paul Katsafanas
Boston University
This essay charts several key points of contact between Nietzsche and the hermeneutical tradition. It begins by arguing that the familiar claim that Nietzsche offers a hermeneutics of suspicion is potentially misleading. Seeking a more accurate representation of Nietzsche’s views, the essay argues that Nietzsche’s interpretive stance has several key features: he rejects immediate givens, endorses holism and perspectivism, and sees conscious experience as structured by concepts and language. Methodologically, Nietzsche inaugurates a genealogical approach to studying objects of philosophical concern, and offers a series of thoughts and arguments on perspectives and the ways in which they might be assessed. After explaining these points, the essay reviews the way in which Nietzsche takes religious, moral, and philosophical systems as aspiring to provide an interpretation of existence that renders it meaningful. The closing section briefly discusses the Nietzschean approach to interpretation that is adopted by Foucault.
Keywords Nietzsche  interpretation  hermeneutics
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Nietzsche, Genealogy, History.Michel Foucault - 1978 - In John Richardson & Brian Leiter (eds.), Nietzsche. Oxford University Press. pp. (139-164).
L'Archéologie du savoir. [REVIEW]M. Foucault - 1970 - Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 75:355.

View all 6 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Must Nietzsche Be Incorporated Into Hermeneutics? Some Reasons for a Little Resistance.Jean Grondin - 2010 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 2 (3):105-122.
Specters of Nietzsche.Rodolphe Gasché - 2000 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 2000:183-193.
Genealogy as a Hermeneutics of Religions.George Bondor - 2007 - Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 6 (17):116-133.
Dialogue with Nietzsche.William McCuaig (ed.) - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
Nietzschean Pragmatism. Sinhababu - 2017 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 48 (1):56-70.


Added to PP index

Total views
174 ( #57,756 of 2,433,559 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
32 ( #24,716 of 2,433,559 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes