Ambiguity and the Absolute.
Ambiguity and the Absolute
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (15 October 1844-25 August 1900) was a German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and aphorism. Maurice Merleau-Ponty (14 March 1908-3 May 1961) was a French phenomenological philosopher, strongly influenced by Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. The constitution of meaning in human experience was his main interest and he wrote on perception, art and politics. "Ambiguity and the Absolute: Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty on the Question of Truth" by Frank Chouraqui (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey) is a 328 page compendium comprised of six erudite chapters providing an analytical comparison of these two influential European philosophers on the subject and concept of 'truth'. Enhanced with extensive Notes, a ten page Bibliography, and a comprehensive Index, "Ambiguity and the Absolute: Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty on the Question of Truth" is an impressive and seminal work of original scholarship and very highly recommended for academic library Philosophy Studies reference collections, as well as Nietzhian Studies supplemental reading lists in particular.