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Mr Jem Page 

Postgraduate Researcher (PGR)

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Mr Jem Page is a Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) within Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

I completed my MA in Philosophy at the University of Southampton in September 2012, before starting my PhD in October 2013. The atmosphere of the department and its expertise in 19th century German philosophy (particularly Nietzsche) were the major reasons why I chose to stay at Southampton - I was able to do this by attaining a Faculty Scholarship Award.

Research interests

My current research focuses on Nietzsche's conception of truth. Though I think it would be overly optimistic, or, more pointedly, misguided, to search for a theory of truth in Nietzsche's work, I believe that focusing on his remarks about the way in which we routinely "falsify" reality, or indulge in illusion, can illuminate his thoughts on what truth is and why it is valuable.

Key to my research is developing a nuanced understanding of the terms including falsification, artistry and illusion, and exploring the contexts in which Nietzsche uses these terms. By doing this I will bring out the poverty of readings of Nietzsche which treat these terms as solely related to truth evasion or a veiling of the truth. This nuanced understanding I then hope to bring to bear on many key Nietzschean themes. For those with an interest in Nietzsche, the themes I currently have in mind, and a hint at my planned route into these themes, are indicated below:

  • - How the ideas presented in The Philosopher: Reflections on the Struggle between Art and Knowledge underwrite Nietzsche's "epistemology" and apparent "denial of truth" in the unpublished essay On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense.
  • - The continuity between Nietzsche's early remarks on truth and falsification, and his later Perspectivism and ‘falsification thesis'.
  • - The nature of Nietzsche's ‘falsification thesis'.
  • - The role of "illusion" and artistry in (the early and the later) Nietzsche. The relation of these terms to Nietzsche's understanding of truth.
  • - The roles of truth and illusion in Nietzsche's understanding of nihilism.
  • The central importance of truth to Nietzsche's work

2013-2014, Sem 1&2: Philosophy - ‘Reasoning, Study and Research Skills'

  • - Including course development
  • - Philosophical content: Logic/Critical Thinking and Applied Ethics

2013-2014, Sem 1&2: Centre for Modern Languages and Linguistics - Language Advisor

2013-2014, Sem 2: English for Academic Study - Independent Study Instructor

Summer 2014: English for Academic Study - Independent Learning, Pre-sessional course - Co-ordinator

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