Ambiguity and the AbsoluteNietzsche and Merleau-Ponty on the Question of Truth

Ambiguity and the AbsoluteNietzsche and Merleau-Ponty on the Question of Truth

Frank Chouraqui

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9780823254118

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Abstract

This book seeks to elucidate Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty’s treatments of the question of truth by using each of their philosophies to shed light on the other. For both philosophers, the question of truth arises from the fact that even though truth is an illusion, it remains a meaningful concept. What authentic experience is truth an inauthentic expression of? By following the trajectory of this question in both authors’ works, this book demonstrates how this question structures both their philosophies and how its answer constitutes the systematic and intrinsic link between them: the concept of truth arises from the authentic experience of Being as an endless movement of falsification. For Being must be defined as the very movement whereby the world transforms itself into truths.