F. Nietzsche's mokslo filosofijos alternatyva

Translated title of the contribution: F. Nietzsche's alternative to the philosophy of science

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According to Nietzsche, in the modern age science asks the question not of epistemological type, viz. "what is science?" or "how it functions?" but of moral background: "why science?" The answer can be both positive and destructive. Positive - science itself never has been and never can be a system, a univocal and stationary, "rational" process based on logical and lawful machinery, and it takes a close look to presume, that its authority is nothing but a moral prejudice. Science is truthful and objective - it bursts out only laughing. Science opens you the world, it makes your life meaningful - Nietzsche laughs himself into convulsions. He laughs away the dark cloud of superstructure and superrationalizing agencies that make science a moral habit and profess a light, unobligatory, windy, optimistic belief that science is nothing but just another dream and human wish to be happy in its own creations. Destructive - because asking "why science?" we once more and again come to the question of values and no longer can be sure whether we find ourselves in the position we've come from and risk not just to be lost to all sense of duty and shame. At one's own risk one asks himself whether he is ready to consider that his "rationality", his "morality" has come too far and his life, its most valuable features may be untruth, disconnected, that untruth itself may be a condition of life.

Original languageLithuanian
Pages (from-to)63-74
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


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