Date of Award

Spring 5-3-2021

Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Joseph Tinguely

Second Advisor

Zoli Filotas

Third Advisor

Nathan Bates


Nietzsche, Foucault, Will to Power, Power, Ontology, Paradox, Perspectivism, The Genealogy of Morals

Subject Categories

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.



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