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Nietzsche, Foucault, Will to Power, Power, Ontology, Paradox, Perspectivism, The Genealogy of Morals
Applied Ethics | Comparative Philosophy | Continental Philosophy | Epistemology | Metaphysics | Philosophy of Mind
This thesis investigates a paradox at the heart of Nietzsche and utilizes Foucault as an instrument to understand this dilemma. The paradox is the synthesis of Nietzsche's doctrine of perspectivism and his ontological doctrine of the will to power. Put simply his doctrine of perspectivism says there can be no ontological facts yet Nietzsche articulates the will to power as an ontological matter of fact. This thesis explores the "First Essay" of Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals to demonstrate the existence of this paradox. Further, I will conduct a Foucauldian cross-examination to further flesh out this paradox, where and why it arises, and what it means for philosophy.
Ray, Nicholas R., "Nietzsche, Foucault, Power: A Study of Paradox and Ontology in Nietzsche" (2021). Honors Thesis. 143.