Nietzschean Genealogy : Beyond the Objectivist-Relativist Dichotomy in Contemporary Historiography
Di Liberto, Nicholas E.
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According to the author, Nietzsche has been misunderstood for some time to be supporting either a basic biological reductionist, a pure epistemological skepticist, or a relativist conception of truth in his “perspectivist” epistemology. All of these appraisals of his work stem from either a partial and uncircumspect reading or a blatant misinterpretation of Nietzsche's perspectivist position. The best way to debase these three misguided appropriations of Nietzsche's work is to provide careful and accurate exposition of Nietzsche's "perspectivism" and of his "second Copernican turn" away from "traditional" epistemology in general. This will lead us closer to accurately understanding Nietzsche's critique of modem epistemology and modem historiography and the genealogical method he proposes as a possible alternative.