The Kantian Background to Nietzsche's Metaphysics

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:
The Kantian Background to Nietzsche's Metaphysics

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This chapter focuses on Friedrich Nietzsche's mediated engagement with Immanuel Kant through Arthur Schopenhauer. It traces how both Nietzsche's early and late writings engaged with Kant's critical thought and pre-critical writings and examines Nietzsche's thesis that the empirical reality of powers can be secured only by demonstrating both the intrinsicality and relationality of powers. It suggests that Nietzsche believed that the fundamental constituents of reality are powers obtaining at the level of empirical reality rather than things-in-themselves.

Keywords: Friedrich Nietzsche; Immanuel Kant; Arthur Schopenhauer; powers; critical thought; pre-critical writings

Chapter.  13159 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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