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Nietzsche and Contemporary Ethics$
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Simon Robertson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198722212.001.0001

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Moral Psychology

Moral Psychology

Will to Power

(p.159) 7 Moral Psychology
Nietzsche and Contemporary Ethics

Simon Robertson

Oxford University Press

Nietzsche gives an important role to psychology in his revaluative project. This and the next chapter focus on those aspects that concern the explanation of action and motivation. Many commentators place ‘will to power’ at the centre of his philosophical psychology. The present chapter considers two forms this takes: one treats power as a content of motivation; the other sees will to power as a thesis about the structure of motivation. Both face similar and serious difficulties. The chapter concludes that we should reject the kinds of totalizing power-based psychology often attributed to Nietzsche.

Keywords:   action, motivation, power, psychology, will to power

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