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Nietzschean Moral Psychology and its Competitors

Paul Katsafanas

in The Nietzschean Self

Published in print February 2016 | ISBN: 9780198737100
Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191800641 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737100.003.0010
Nietzschean Moral Psychology and its Competitors

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Chapter 10 summarizes the results and returns to the concerns of the Introduction: with the Nietzschean model of agency at hand, the chapter explains how it differs from and improves upon the alternatives offered by Kant, Hume, and Aristotle. It argues that Nietzsche’s account enjoys several advantages over its competitors. First, it is more psychologically realistic, being in conformity with empirical results about human psychology and action. Second, it reveals the ways in which unconscious processes play a signal role in human action. Third, it avoids philosophical problems concerning the locus of agency problem, without committing itself to an exaggerated role for reflective thought. Fourth, and most generally, it frees itself from the often unnoticed moral assumptions that infect so many previous attempts to offer philosophical psychologies.

Keywords: Nietzsche; philosophical psychology; Kant; Aristotle; Hume; agency

Chapter.  11609 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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