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Moral Psychology with Nietzsche$
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Brian Leiter

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696505

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199696505.001.0001

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A Positive View of Freedom?

A Positive View of Freedom?

(p.147) 6 A Positive View of Freedom?
Moral Psychology with Nietzsche

Brian Leiter

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the textual evidence that Nietzsche retains a positive conception of “freedom.” Interpretive proposals due to Gemes and Poellner are shown not to be borne out by the texts. The chapter concludes that Nietzsche offers a “persuasive definition” of freedom, attaching the term’s positive valence to a sense of freedom unfamiliar in the modern Humean or Kantian traditions, but having echoes in Spinoza: “freedom” as acting from one’s inner nature rather than from external influences, something one can only do if fated to do so. The Spinoza-type view is shown not to be a kind of Control view of free will, so not one that vindicates moral responsibility.

Keywords:   Free will, freedom, Spinoza, persuasive definition, Ken Gemes, Peter Poellner, Donald Rutherford

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