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Tsarina Doyle

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748628070

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748628070.001.0001

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Relationality and Intrinsicality in Nietzsche's Metaphysics

Relationality and Intrinsicality in Nietzsche's Metaphysics

(p.169) Chapter 6 Relationality and Intrinsicality in Nietzsche's Metaphysics
Nietzsche on Epistemology and Metaphysics

Tsarina Doyle

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter argues that Friedrich Nietzsche's proposal that the fundamental constituents of reality are both intrinsic and relational is a contentious metaphysical thesis. It analyses the philosophical cogency of the proposal and argues that intrinsicality and relationality are incongruous because relationality, unlike intrinsicality, is existentially committed. It explores Nietzsche's bundle theory of objects and the role of resistance in bringing powers into relations and suggests that Nietzsche believed that powers do not logically imply other powers on which they are existentially dependent.

Keywords:   Friedrich Nietzsche, metaphysical thesis, intrinsicality, relationality, bundle theory of objects, powers, resistance

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