Truth, Truthfulness and Philosophy in Plato and Nietzsche

David Simpson

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Plato and Nietzsche tend to be presented as the poles of the narrative of Western philosophy: while Plato scripted the beginning of the epoch of absolute truth and value, Nietzsche announced its collapse. However, any serious reading of each makes it clear that this dichotomy is merely a convenient fiction. On the one hand, Nietzsche’s vehement response to Plato is both ambivalent (regarding the most beautiful, but diseased flower of antiquity (BGE, Pref.))1 and nuanced. On the other hand, we need to see past what became Plato’s legacy, and allow for a more broadly-focused (perhaps in part oneirocritical) reading of a philosophical dramatist, mythologist and ironist. One of my goals is to weaken the sense of opposition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-360
JournalBritish Journal for the History of Philosophy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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