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Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 15, Issue 1, Fall 2010

Brett A. Fulkerson-Smith
Pages 187-201

Experimentation, Temptation, and Nietzsche’s Philosopher of the Future

The method of the philosophers of the future that Nietzsche heralds, but does not self-identify with, has not received the attention it deserves in the secondary literature. In this essay, I address this lacuna with an interpretation of the roles of the philosophers of the future that explains in what sense they are and are not (at)tempters. As free spirits, cultural physicians, and legislators, the philosophers of the future undertake experiments to acquire knowledge; hence, the philosophers of the future are attempters. Nevertheless, it is also wrong to call them attempters; as educators, the philosophers of the future are tempters.

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