Becoming a Self: A Reading of Kierkegaard's Concluding by Merold Westphal

By Merold Westphal

Offers a reader's consultant to the publication frequently taken to be Kierkegaard's most vital contribution to philosophy and theology.

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11 This is an over-simplification, for what Nietzsche found in Lange was confirmation of ideas which he had already encountered, albeit in more metaphysical garb, in Schopenhauer. In both cases, Lange and Schopenhauer, it is essentially Kantian ideas which are determinative. However, the genealogy of perspectivism will be considered in later sections of this chapter. In this section, I shall attempt an initial clarification of Nietzsche's perspectivism through a close examination of several key passages from his later writings.

Access to this extra-perspectival realm depends on a 'taste of reverence'. Of course, these interim findings are still in need of interpretation. In particular, we need to understand them in the wider context of Nietzsche's relation to traditional philosophical problematics. Perspectivism and its Limits 27 KANT, SCHOPENHAUER, AND THE PROBLEM OF THE ABSOLUTE During his Basel years, when Nietzsche thinks about his relation to philosophy and the philosophical tradition, it is primarily in terms of Kant and Kantianism that he attempts to situate himself.

Whereas science requires analytical ability and can be learned, philosophy involves an irreducibly irrational dimension which he calls, following Schopenhauer, the quality of'genius'. Perspectivism and its Limits 33 In recent literature on Nietzsche, much attention has been paid to the posthumously published essay 'On Truth and Lies in an Extra-Moral Sense' (1873). This has proved a favoured source for the perspectivist commentators, for whom even the early Nietzsche is an incipient postmodernist who abolishes truth with a capital T, sees metaphysics as serving authoritarian structures of power, and equates the denial of the Absolute with liberation.

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