Date of Award

1997

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Pinto, Robert,

Keywords

Philosophy.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Nietzche and Grant both challenge us to make a clear choice about what we believe the world and human beings to be, while describing clearly the consequences of such a choice. This thesis attempts to clarify the choice with which they confront us, by examining what they say about three key topics: modernity, history and morality. In doing so, its aim is to highlight what it is that differentiates them and why. The thesis draws two conclusions, one about the fundamental difference between Grant and Nietzsche and the other about the possible bases for a choice between their world views. (1) The fundamental difference between Grant and Nietzsche is that for Nietzsche the world is chaos, and being is becoming, while for Grant there is order and purpose in the world, and being is seen as unchanging goodness. It is these particular views of being that shape and influence what each says about modernity, history and morality. (2) The thesis argues that the basis for choosing between the world views of Nietzsche and of Grant must be faith or belief, rather than knowledge, for whatever reasons or justification one can give for choosing between being as becoming and being as unchanging goodness presuppose a context of being that is assumed or taken as already given. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0078. Adviser: Robert Pinto. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.

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