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Transfusing the Bleeding Man: Nietzsche and Postmodernism

Abstract

Given the instability and falsity which seem to surround today’s current social, political, and economic climate, should we be doubting the “facts” put forth by science? To answer this question, this project focuses upon the critique of modernism presented in Thus Spoke Zarathustra to determine whether Nietzsche’s alternative is feasible today. The goal of this research is to determine what Nietzsche’s meliorism might look like today, and whether it is possible to apply a Nietzschean critique of modernist scientific certainty to the current world, which necessitates revisiting how we perceive the modern scientific perspective. Nietzsche’s ideal world lacks absolutes, truths, and facts; to Nietzsche, science is a uniquely human enterprise which is divorced from facts, and he argues against all hallmarks of science alongside anything considered concrete or self-evident. Nietzsche argues that the pursuit of science does not allow us to pursue passion and courage, and that we pursue certainty out of fear. Utilizing an experimental technique aimed at challenging an existing point of view and modifying it, this study is based in the analysis and criticism of theory and literature. This project’s methodology consists of examining primary and secondary sources in order to understand the contemporary options given Nietzsche’s beliefs. This revaluation will allow scholars to examine an alternative postmodernism that focuses on courage as the root of the human condition, as Nietzsche espoused. The result of this study is a clarification of Nietzsche’s ideas, which will allow further examination of an alternative postmodernism and the application of Nietzsche’s critique.

Modified Abstract

Given the instability and falsity which seem to surround today’s current social, political, and economic climate, should we be doubting the “facts” put forth by science? This project focuses upon the critique of modernism presented in Thus Spoke Zarathustra to determine whether Nietzsche’s alternative is feasible today. The goal of this research is to determine whether it is possible to apply a Nietzschean critique of certainty today. Nietzsche focuses on the pursuit of passion and courage through experimentation, arguing that science seeks certainty out of fear. This project’s methodology consists of examining primary and secondary sources to reevaluate Nietzsche’s beliefs. The result of this study is a clarification of Nietzsche’s ideas, which will allow further examination of an alternative postmodernism and the application of Nietzsche’s critique.

Research Category

Political Sciences/Philosophy/History

Author Information

Alyssa FernandezFollow

Primary Author's Major

Philosophy

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Frank X. Ryan

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Other Philosophy | Philosophy

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Transfusing the Bleeding Man: Nietzsche and Postmodernism

Given the instability and falsity which seem to surround today’s current social, political, and economic climate, should we be doubting the “facts” put forth by science? To answer this question, this project focuses upon the critique of modernism presented in Thus Spoke Zarathustra to determine whether Nietzsche’s alternative is feasible today. The goal of this research is to determine what Nietzsche’s meliorism might look like today, and whether it is possible to apply a Nietzschean critique of modernist scientific certainty to the current world, which necessitates revisiting how we perceive the modern scientific perspective. Nietzsche’s ideal world lacks absolutes, truths, and facts; to Nietzsche, science is a uniquely human enterprise which is divorced from facts, and he argues against all hallmarks of science alongside anything considered concrete or self-evident. Nietzsche argues that the pursuit of science does not allow us to pursue passion and courage, and that we pursue certainty out of fear. Utilizing an experimental technique aimed at challenging an existing point of view and modifying it, this study is based in the analysis and criticism of theory and literature. This project’s methodology consists of examining primary and secondary sources in order to understand the contemporary options given Nietzsche’s beliefs. This revaluation will allow scholars to examine an alternative postmodernism that focuses on courage as the root of the human condition, as Nietzsche espoused. The result of this study is a clarification of Nietzsche’s ideas, which will allow further examination of an alternative postmodernism and the application of Nietzsche’s critique.