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Nietzsche's Critiques$
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R. Kevin Hill

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199285525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285525.001.0001

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Nietzsche on Metaphysics

Nietzsche on Metaphysics

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Nietzsche's Critiques

R. Kevin Hill

Oxford University Press

This chapter builds on the foundations laid in chapters 4 and 5 to demonstrate how Nietzsche's critique of metaphysics comes from his reading of the Transcendental Deduction of the Paralogisms in the first Critique. Nietzsche's difficulties with the concept of truth are traced to his dependence on the Deduction's model of how the mind constructs both judgments and the facts to which they correspond. It explains that though Kant's conception of empirical objects as products of synthesis survives Nietzsche's naturalization of temporality, the Kantian project of justifying synthetic a priori knowledge collapses. It discusses that the concept of the ‘will to power’ then serves to unite and generalize Nietzsche's account of experience as created by the subject into a post Kantian metaphysics.

Keywords:   critique of metaphysics, Transcendental Deduction, post Kantian metaphysics, empirical objects, a priori knowledge

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