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    Normativity and the will to power: challenges for a Nietzsche constitutivism

    Huddleston, Andrew (2016) Normativity and the will to power: challenges for a Nietzsche constitutivism. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 47 (3), pp. 435-456. ISSN 0968-8005.

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    In this paper, I critically consider the Nietzschean version of constitutitivism that Paul Katsafanas has recently developed. My focus, following Katsafanas’s, is not on the exegetical issue of whether this constitutivism was indeed Nietzsche’s own view. It is rather on the philosophical question of whether the view itself is tenable. Do actions have a constitutive aim, in the way that Katsafanas supposes? If so, what is that aim? From the putative fact that actions have a constitutive aim, what would follow about the grounding of normativity in general? Will this approach yield up a tenable meta-ethical theory? While Nietzschean constitutivism is an ingenious and original position, it faces some serious challenges that it will have difficulty answering in a satisfactory way.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Copyright© 2016 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): normativity, agency, constitutivism, Katsafanas, will to power
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Andrew Huddleston
    Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2017 10:55
    Last Modified: 14 Feb 2021 05:00


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