Epistemological Meanings of Laughter in Nietzsche’s Philosophy

Antoni Płoszczyniec

The aim of article is analyze of various meanings, in which frames of the presence of laughter in Nietzsche’s epistemology can be understood. One can see significant connection between his epistemology and laughter especially in critique of knowledge, where laughter is both a tool, and a result of philosophical thought. Strong relations are tying laughter with ‘joyous wisdom’ and project of aestheticization of cognition, where laughter is shown as result of recognition of perspective character of all knowledge and rejecting the absolute truth for criterion of the growth of will to power. The article is ending with remarks about the wit, treated as some virtue of the mind and also as a certain cognitive power.


Keywords: Nietzsche · laughter · epistemology · joyous wisdom · perspectivism · aestheticization of cognition

Antoni Płoszczyniec – student of fifth year in College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences in University of Wroclaw. In the framework of these studies, he is carrying out the program of philosophy and also journalism and social communication. Member of Scientific Club of Nietzscheanists of Univeristy of Wroclaw. He is interested in axiology, philosophy of culture, philosophical anthropology and philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and Andrzej Nowicki.   »  

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