Daniel I. Harris’ essay for the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, online in advance of the paper edition.
Daniel I. Harris – ‘Nietzsche on Honesty and the Will to Truth’ (Originally published online: 11 March 2020).
Abstract: Nietzsche values intellectual honesty, but is dubious about what he calls the will to truth. This is puzzling since intellectual honesty is a component of the will to truth. In this paper, I show that this puzzle tells us something important about how Nietzsche conceives of our pursuit of truth. For Nietzsche, those who pursue truth occupy unstable ground, since being honest about the ultimate reasons for that pursuit would mean that truth could no longer satisfy the important human needs it satisfies at present. We can pursue truth, or be honest about what in us is served by such a pursuit, but not both. Nietzsche aims to show that understanding and owning up to this instability is the sort of affirmation of human life to which we ought to aspire, and is the price we pay for being free from otherworldly morality.
Full article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2020.1739260
Daniel I. Harris, Department of Philosophy, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada
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