Misunderstanding epicurus? A nietzschean identification

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This article considers aspects of Nietzsche's identification with the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus, focusing in particular upon how Epicurus's antiteleology (his denial of an ultimate metaphysical principle) was significant for Nietzsche's views on religion and knowledge. I make a case for the claim that Nietzsche's practice of philosophy, specifically his perspectivism, was influenced by Epicurus's practice of multiple explanations, a form of scientific explanation rooted in ethics and antiteleology. In conclusion, I examine the ways in which Nietzsche's manner of reading Epicurus may cause us to revise our interpretations of not only the Greek thinker but also elements of Nietzsche's own identification with that thinker.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-83
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Nietzsche Studies
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Misunderstanding
Friedrich Nietzsche
Epicurus
Thinkers
Causes
Scientific Explanation
Denial
Perspectivism
Greek philosophers
Philosophy
Ancient Greek
Metaphysical
Religion

Keywords

  • Antiteleology
  • Epicureanism
  • Epochê
  • Multiple explanations
  • Perspectivism
  • Skepticism

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  • Philosophy

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