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Nietzsche's Animal PhilosophyCulture, Politics, and the Animality of the Human Being$
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Vanessa Lemm

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230273

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230273.001.0001

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Animality, Language, and Truth

Animality, Language, and Truth

(p.111) 6 Animality, Language, and Truth
Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy

Vanessa Lemm

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that Friedrich Nietzsche's criticism on metaphysics aims at a renewal of the meaning of philosophy as the pursuit of truth. It contends that throughout his work, Nietzsche maintains the controversial claim that truth is a metaphor and that consideration of truth is inseparable from a consideration of language. He argues that since truth is a metaphor, it fails to capture life and, moreover, metaphors are rationalizations and abstractions that destroy life. Nietzsche also believes that animal silence is the source of the metaphorical character of human animal language.

Keywords:   animal silence, metaphysics, philosophy, abstractions, metaphor, human animal language

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