Relationality and Intrinsicality in 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:
Relationality and Intrinsicality in Nietzsche's Metaphysics

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This chapter argues that Friedrich Nietzsche's proposal that the fundamental constituents of reality are both intrinsic and relational is a contentious metaphysical thesis. It analyses the philosophical cogency of the proposal and argues that intrinsicality and relationality are incongruous because relationality, unlike intrinsicality, is existentially committed. It explores Nietzsche's bundle theory of objects and the role of resistance in bringing powers into relations and suggests that Nietzsche believed that powers do not logically imply other powers on which they are existentially dependent.

Keywords: Friedrich Nietzsche; metaphysical thesis; intrinsicality; relationality; bundle theory of objects; powers; resistance

Chapter.  14629 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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