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Title: Nietzsche and Taylor between Truth and Meaning
Author(s): MEIJER, Michiel
Journal: Bijdragen
Volume: 73    Issue: 2   Date: 2012   
Pages: 168-189
DOI: 10.2143/BIJ.73.2.2172317

Abstract :
This article explores the relation between truth and meaning by staging a confrontation between Friedrich Nietzsche, the herald of nihilism who claimed that all previous foundations of morality have been undermined, and Charles Taylor, the advocate of ‘strong evaluation’ and the inevitability of meaningfulness. Central to this discussion is the relation between nihilism, truth, morality and meaning in the morally pluralistic context of a post-modern society. How do meaning and truth relate in a secular, post-traditional age? Does the longing for truth necessarily eliminate all possible forms of meaning, and, vice versa, does the human capacity to create meaning require that we suppress or even abandon the claim to truth altogether?