Nietzsche's Appropriation of Kant

Tsarina Doyle

in Nietzsche on Epistemology and Metaphysics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748628070
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652594 | DOI:
Nietzsche's Appropriation of Kant

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This chapter examines the Kantian background to Friedrich Nietzsche's epistemology. It argues that Nietzsche's project of reconciling self and world is intertwined with both his appraisal and reconfiguration of Immanuel Kant's distinction between constitutive knowledge and regulative belief. It discusses Nietzsche's view that Kant failed to demonstrate the objectivity of our beliefs due to his reduction of rational justification to a description of our psychology and that the Kantian object of knowledge is narrowly anthropocentric and dangerously sceptical.

Keywords: Friedrich Nietzsche; epistemology; Immanuel Kant; self and world; constitutive knowledge; regulative belief; objectivity; anthropocentric

Chapter.  13431 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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