The Nature of ‘Inner Experience’

Peter Poellner

in Nietzsche and Metaphysics

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250630
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598258 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

 The Nature of ‘Inner Experience’

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Argues that Nietzsche's pronouncements on psychology advert to basic facts about the constitution of inner experience and are thus incompatible with his anti‐essentialism. Nietzsche's analysis of non‐egoistic behaviour, his proto‐Freudian presentation of mental life as driven by processes inaccessible to self‐consciousness, and his analysis of the ascetic ideal, ressentiment, and self‐deception amount to a picture of human agency in which all significant aspects of inner experience are ‘in reality’ desires for the experience of power.

Keywords: anti‐essentialism; ascetic ideal; Freud; inner experience; psychology; ressentiment; self‐deception

Chapter.  28946 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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