Truth, Autobiography and Documentary: Perspectivism in Nietzsche and Herzog

Katrina Mitcheson


The presence of interpretation according to different perspectives in art forms in which we expect the 'truth' about the subject matter, provides an opportunity to understand what truth means in the context of perspectivism, the view that there is no objective standard of truth free from any perspective against which we can measure the veracity of an account. In this article, I explore perspectival truth through Nietzsche's philosophical autobiography, Ecce Homo, and Herzog's films, particularly Little Dieter Needs to Fly. I argue that these artworks both contribute to and exemplify a perspectival truth practice.


Truth; Herzog; Nietzsche; Ecce Homo; Perspectivism; Little Dieter Needs to Fly; Rescue Dawn

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