Nietzsche’s Naturalism Reconsidered

In Ken Gemes & John Richardson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche. OUP Oxford (2013)
This article revisits the author’s influential account of Nietzche as a philosophical naturalist. It identifies the sources of Nietzsche’s position in the German naturalism of the mid-nineteenth century, in particular the work of Friedrich Lange. His naturalism is, however, “speculative” in that he postulates causal mechanisms not confirmed by science. Nietzsche’s ambition to explain morality naturalistically coexists with a “therapeutic” ambition to induce some readers to escape from morality. The article also addresses doubts that might arise against reading Nietzsche as a naturalist.
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DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199534647.013.0026
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