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Author

Daniel Harris

Date of Award

8-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Philosophy

Supervisor

Diane Enns

Language

English

Abstract

Friedrich Nietzsche is often supposed to represent an end to ideas central to Enlightenment thinking such as human maturation, power, and progress. Through an examination of the work of Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and especially that of Richard Rorty, this thesis develops and defends an argument based on Nietzsche's thinking on contingency and creation in order to make clear the ways in which we can see in the philosophical reaction to Nietzsche's thought resources for a renewed faith in Enlightenment thinking.

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