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Nietzsche and Metaphysics

Peter Poellner


A reconstruction of Nietzsche's epistemology and metaphysics aimed at isolating and assessing dominant lines of argument concerning truth, knowledge, and reality in Nietzsche's mature and late period. The book initially focuses on Nietzsche's sceptical remarks, directed at specific metaphysical theories (causation, self, Newtonian force) and more generally at the concepts of knowledge as justified true belief and rational justification. The discussion proceeds to Nietzsche's own historically unprecedented strain of scepticism. This is the argument from utility—maintaining that the pragmatic ut ... More

Keywords: agency, anti‐realism, evolutionary epistemology, Freud, idealism, justification, naturalized epistemology, Nietzsche, realism, representational content, self, self‐consciousness, scepticism, substance, truth, unconscious, will to power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198250630
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198250630.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Poellner, author
University of Warwick
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