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Manuel Dries and P. J. E. Kail

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722236

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722236.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Nietzsche on Mind and Nature

Manuel Dries

P. J. E. Kail

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides summaries of the this book and introduces the major themes and debates addressed in the volume. Discussed are Nietzsche’s metaphysics; his philosophy of mind in light of contemporary views; the question of panpsychism of Beyond Good and Evil 36; the rejection of dualism in favour of monism, in particular a monism of value; Nietzsche’s positions on consciousness and embodied cognition in light of recent cognitive science; a conception of freedom and agency based on an intrinsically motivating; embodied sense of self-efficacy; a Nietzschean account of valuing understood as drive-induced affective orientations of which an agent approves; the idea of ressentiment conceived as a process of intentional, not reflectively strategic, self-deception about one’s own conscious mental states; and a defence of a Nietzschean naturalism.

Keywords:   mind, metaphysics, consciousness, neuroscience, panpsychism, freedom, mental simulation, value, ressentiment, naturalism

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