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Transvaluation and The Practice of Metaphysics

Goodchild, Philip


Professor of Religion and Philosophy


This article aims to develop transvaluation as a practice of metaphysical thinking. Jesus, Anselm, Nietzsche, and Deleuze have been selected and juxtaposed, for all their contrasts, as paradigmatic thinkers of transvaluation. Jesus offers the best paradigm for transvaluing what matters, what is sincere, and what is trustworthy: his response to a dispute among his disciples poses the problem that changes the signification, value, and binding force of thought. The metaphysical purport of Jesus's problem is clarified by Anselm's restatement of it, set against the backdrop of the contemplative spirituality expressed in the first chapter of Anselm's Proslogion. Anselm leaves us with a pair of problems: what is that than which none greater can be conceived? What is that whose very thought involves existence? These problems provide a context for rethinking the paradigms of transvaluation presented in Nietzsche's writing. Yet it was Deleuze who first presented transvaluation as an explicit method in his interpretation of Nietzsche, describing a metaphysics arising in and through critique. His method may itself be given a transvalued significance oriented, in turn, by the problems presented by Jesus and Anselm.


Goodchild, P. (2023). Transvaluation and The Practice of Metaphysics. The Heythrop Journal, 64(3), 333-347.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 14, 2022
Online Publication Date Feb 23, 2023
Publication Date 2023-05
Deposit Date Jan 13, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 24, 2025
Journal The Heythrop Journal
Print ISSN 0018-1196
Electronic ISSN 1468-2265
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 3
Pages 333-347
Keywords Philosophy; Religious studies
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© 2023 The Author. The Heythrop Journal published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Trustees For Roman Catholic Purposes Registered. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2DQ, UK and 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148, USA. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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