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The Deed is Everything: Nietzsche on Will and Action

Aaron Ridley


Nietzsche is often held to be an extreme sceptic about human agency, keen to debunk it along every dimension. He dismisses the ideas of freedom, autonomy, and morality, we are told, and even the very existence of agents or selves. This book sets out the opposite view. It does so by arguing that Nietzsche was committed to an ‘expressivist’ conception of agency, a conception that contrasts with the ‘empiricist’ orthodoxy and which—partly in virtue of that fact—allows him to develop highly distinctive accounts not only of freedom, autonomy, and morality, but also of selfhood. In the course of the ... More

Keywords: Nietzsche, agency, expressivism, freedom, autonomy, morality, selfhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198825449
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198825449.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Ridley, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Southampton

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