Introduction to Nietzsche on Mind and Nature

Dries, Manuel and Kail, P. J. E. (2015). Introduction to Nietzsche on Mind and Nature. In: Dries, Manuel and Kail, P. J. E. eds. Nietzsche on Mind and Nature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 142–162.




This chapter provides summaries of the chapter of this book and introduces the major themes and debates addressed in the volume. Discussed are Nietzsche’s metaphysics; his philosophy of mind in light of contemporary views; the question of panpsychism of Beyond Good and Evil 36; the rejection of dualism in favour of monism, in particular a monism of value; Nietzsche’s positions on consciousness and embodied cognition in light of recent cognitive science; a conception of freedom and agency based on an intrinsically motivating; embodied sense of self-efficacy; a Nietzschean account of valuing understood as drive-induced affective orientations of which an agent approves; the idea of ressentiment conceived as a process of intentional, not reflectively strategic, self-deception about one’s own conscious mental states; and a defence of a Nietzschean naturalism.

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