Authors Name: 
Natalia Beghin
Australian National University
Philosophy & Theology
Highly commended

This is how we drink up the sea

This essay will begin by deconstructing Nietzsche’s two distinct theories of truth - Perspecitivism and Interpretationism - and the ways in which they differ from one another. It will then suggest that by conceiving modern politics to mean liberal democracy, it follows that there are a number of critiques that Interpretationist truth, in particular, has to bear on the institution. Lastly I will argue that rather than posing any danger to modern politics, liberal democracy is endangered only to the extent that it ignores Nietzschean theory and its ramifications for both the political institution and individuals in society. In particular, I suggest that there is a role for philosophy, theory, culture, and art to ‘interrupt’ liberal democracy, and in so doing regenerate its capacity for creativity, guard against its habit of static domination, and frustrate its tendency toward deindividuation such that institutions and individuals can attain freedom. In so doing, this conclusion suggests that a positive understanding of nihilistic philosophy is credible, and could be constructively employed to enrich the political experience.