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    Science and two kinds of knowledge: Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and the Ignorabimus-Streit

    Stoll, Timothy (2018) Science and two kinds of knowledge: Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and the Ignorabimus-Streit. Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (3), pp. 519-549. ISSN 0022-5053.

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    Abstract

    This paper examines Nietzsche's notorious critiques of scientific explanation, and whether they cohere with the more naturalistic or positivist strains in the texts. I offer a new interpretation of Nietzsche's conception of scientific explanation that promises to resolve the apparent tension between his insistence on the veracity of such explanations, and his frequent attempts to impugn their cognitive reach. Nietzsche follows earlier nineteenth-century critiques of science in claiming that science yields only factual or "descriptive" knowledge, not understanding. The paper concludes that the conception of descriptive knowledge is robust and compatible with Nietzsche's commitment to the truth and rigor of scientific theories. The interpretation also sheds new light on Nietzsche's oft-voiced claims that certain concepts "falsify" the world.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Du Bois-Reymond, Ignorabimus-Streit, knowledge, understanding, scientific explanation
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Tim Stoll
    Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2021 16:03
    Last Modified: 06 Oct 2021 16:03
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/46185

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