Nietzsche's Anthropic Circle: Man, Science, and Myth by George J. Stack

Journal of Nietzsche Studies 47 (3):506-510 (2016)

The central claim of George J. Stack’s Nietzsche’s Anthropic Circle is that Nietzsche becomes trapped in a vicious or “anthropic” circle insofar as he makes exaggerated, and even metaphysical, claims concerning the universality of will to power—claims that exceed the interpretational or perspectival framework that he himself considers to delimit all thinking. This criticism is of central importance, for it suggests that Nietzsche either invalidates his hypothesis of the will to power or undermines his theory of perspectivism. An additional claim of Stack’s is that in conceiving of will to power as affirmation, with joy occurring at a deeper level than woe or suffering, Nietzsche presents a metaphysics of...
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