Reading Nietzsche Through the Ancients: An Analysis of Becoming, Perspectivism, and the Principle of Non-Contradiction

2015.05.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew Meyer, Reading Nietzsche Through the Ancients: An Analysis of Becoming, Perspectivism, and the Principle of
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2015.05.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew Meyer, Reading Nietzsche Through the Ancients: An Analysis of Becoming, Perspectivism, and the Principle of Non-Contradiction, De Gruyter, 2014, 304pp., $127.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781934078419. Reviewed by Jessica N. Berry and Jennifer Daigle, Georgia State University In this book, Matthew Meyer argues for the attribution to Nietzsche of a relational ontology according to which "everything exists and is what it is only in relation to something else" (p. 8). Nietzsche's embrace of this ontology, which Meyer calls "the cornerstone for his philosophical project" (p. 34), is supposed to be entailed by his acceptance of a unity of opposites doctrine and a commitment to absolute becoming, both inherited from the pre-Platonic thinker Heraclitus of Ephesus.[1] Appreciating these fundamental commitments and their connection to other of Nietzsche's central ideas, Meyer believes, will bring into clearer focus the. . .

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