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Nietzsche on Consciousness and the Embodied Mind

Dries, Manuel ed. (2018). Nietzsche on Consciousness and the Embodied Mind. Nietzsche Today, 6. Boston: Walter de Gruyter (In Press).

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Nietzsche’s thought has been of renewed interest to philosophers in the Anglo-American philosophical community as well as to philosophers of a more phenomenological and hermeneutic background. The volume aims to appeal to both communities of scholars as it seeks to deepen the growing interest and appreciation of Nietzsche’s contribution to our understanding of the mind. The 16 essays by leading Nietzsche scholars examine Nietzsche’s understanding of consciousness and investigate its continuities with current developments in philosophy of mind, neuroscience, neuroethics, psychology, linguistics, and metaphysics.

Recent work in philosophy of mind emphasises non-reductive approaches to consciousness and self-consciousness. The mental is understood as always already embodied as well as situated or embedded in and emerging from a complex system. Nietzsche’s thoroughly naturalistic philosophy has received renewed attention as it challenges any reductivist attempt to understand the mental exclusively as a physical phenomenon using the methods of the natural sciences. His understanding of nature and the physical, informed by but not reducible to the natural sciences of his time, is highly idiosyncratic. It posits the mental at several levels, from unconscious and proto-conscious drives, affects and emotions, to reflective, higher-order conscious states, intentionality and language.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2017 Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3-11-024653-8, 978-3-11-024653-7
Keywords: body; consciousness; continental philosophy; Nietzsche, Friedrich; philosophy of mind
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 43316
Depositing User: Manuel Dries
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 15:17
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 14:40
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