Overcoming Metametaphysics: Nietzsche and Carnap

Felipe G.A. Moreira 1
  • 1 Department of Philosophy, University of Miami, 1252 Memorial Drive, Ashe 721, Coral Gables, USA
Felipe G.A. Moreira
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Abstract

This essay focuses on the similarities between Nietzsche’s and Carnap’s views on metaphysics, without ignoring their obvious differences. The essay argues that Nietzsche and Carnap endorse but interpret differently an overcoming metametaphysics characterized by the conjunction of the following three claims: (O-i) an overcoming of metaphysics ought to be performed; (O-ii) this overcoming is to be performed by adopting a method of linguistic analysis that is suspicious of the metaphysical use of language and that interprets such use through a different use of language which aims to avoid metaphysics; and (O-iii) this overcoming contributes to the political task of resisting “diseased” metaphysical practices and promoting “healthy” non-metaphysical practices.

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