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The Will to Power: Nietzsche and Metaphysics

Peter Poellner

in Nietzsche and Metaphysics

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250630
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598258 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250630.003.0006

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

 The Will to Power: Nietzsche and Metaphysics

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Examines Nietzsche's anti‐essentialism (the denial of metaphysical truth) in the context of the metaphysics of the will to power, which posits an ontology of interactive and causally efficacious quanta of force characterized exclusively by relational properties. It is argued that this ontological model is marred by a fundamental incoherence. The concluding remarks touch upon the problem of relativism of truth and self‐reference. An attempt is made to situate the metaphysics of the will in the context of Nietzsche's whole philosophy.

Keywords: anti‐essentialism; metaphysics; relativism; will to power

Chapter.  16755 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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