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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

Chapter 6 - Nietzsche’s Masks

from Part II - The Nature of Philosophy


The general issue that is covered in this chapter is what Nietzsche might mean in subtitling Beyond Good and Evil a “Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future.” What is it that prevents the continuation of past philosophy; in what sense is the philosophy of the future a restoration of “psychology” as the “queen of the sciences”? Apparently such a new philosophy requires a more literary and aphoristic style, and will be esoteric; a kind of “mask.” Why? The focal question in this chapter concerns Nietzsche’s account of religion. How might a new philosophy of the future account for and evaluate its rival for a claim to wisdom about the highest or first things, the most important values – religion?