Views on the Nature of Truth and How it Functions in Society

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Essay #: 066372
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Views on the Nature of Truth and How it Functions in Society
As the above title indicates, this essay will compare and contrast the views of Friedrich Nietzsche and Harry Frankfurt on the nature of truth and how truth functions in society. After some deliberation, the paper will argue that Frankfurt’s position is the most convincing. Truth should function in society to help us discern good arguments from bad ones, bad ideas from good ones, and should alert us to our true selves and how we can overcome those negative aspects of our being that do us harm. Nietzsche’s argument, viewed at length, is simply inferior to Frankfurt’s because it encourages the sort of pernicious self-absorption with one’s own wants and impulses that can lead to the...
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.....Frankfurt takes it as a given that there need to be objective realities so that we can act appropriately as human beings. Because of the troubling moral issues raised by Nietzsche’s perspective, his argument is far less impressive than Frankfurt’s – and more dangerous.
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Frankfurt, Harry. On Truth. Toronto: Random House, 2006.
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