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Name: Course: Tutor: Date: Analysis of Nietzsche’s Concept of Truth According to Nietzsche, truth is not a separate and absolute entity; rather it is something like a conundrum that is induced and influenced by one’s perspective which itself is modulated by one’s experiences.
Nietzsche further asserts that truth is a social construct that completely depends on human language for its existence. Since language comprises of the signifiers to objects and experiences in human beings’ life, truth cannot exist as a separate entity outside human experience. Necessarily a truth is colored by a man’s experiences and perceptions of the truth itself. When truth dwells in a metaphysical level, its perception is embodied trough human-induced language constructs like metaphors or metonymies, as Nietzsche says in this regard: “What is truth then? A mobile army of metaphors, metonymies, anthropomorphisms, in short a sum of human relations that are elevated, transmitted, beautified in a poetic or rhetoric manner, and that appear to the people after a long usage as fixed, canonical and binding” (Nietzsche 45) Indeed perspectivism is a crucial term in understanding the validity of Nietzsche’s concept of truth. Nietzsche claims that “truths are illusions of which one has forgotten they are illusions, metaphors that are worn out and literally became powerless” (Nietzsche 45). But the problem that arises here is whether Nietzsche is true. While “there is no truth” according to Nietzsche, the question is how the truthfulness of Nietzsche’s claim can be validated. Obviously Nietzsche himself is aware of the conundrum that his concept of truth may develop. ...
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