This volume presents new essays exploring important aspects of Nietzsche's philosophy in connection with two major themes: mind and nature. A team of leading experts address questions including: What is Nietzsche's conception of mind? How does mind relate with the (rest of) nature? And what is Nietzsche's conception of nature? They all express the thought that Nietzsche's views on these matters are of great philosophical value, either because those views are
consonant with contemporary thinking to a greater or lesser extent or because they represent a rich alternative to contemporary attitudes. The essays engage with Nietzsche's metaphysics; his philosophy of mind in light of contemporary views; the question of panpsychism in Beyond Good and Evil 36; the
rejection of dualism in favour of monism (in particular a monism of value); Nietzsche's positions on consciousness and embodied cognition in light of recent cognitive science; a conception of freedom and agency based on an intrinsically motivating; embodied sense of self-efficacy; a Nietzschean account of valuing understood as drive-induced affective orientations of which an agent approves; the idea of ressentiment conceived as a process of intentional, not reflectively strategic,
self-deception about one's own conscious mental states; and a defence of a Nietzschean naturalism.
Manuel Dries is Lecturer of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, The Open University, and College Lecturer at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford. His main interests are in nineteenth and twentieth-century post-Kantian philosophy, contemporary philosophy of mind, and aesthetics. P. J. E. Kail was educated at Keele University and the University of Cambridge, and has held positions at the University of Cambridge, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Oxford. His main interest is in eighteenth century British philosophy and more recently on questions concerning naturalism. He has published on the issue of naturalism in the philosophies of Hume and Nietzsche.
Introduction ; Nietzsche's Metaphysics? ; Consciousness, Language, and Nature: Nietzsche's Philosophy of Mind and Nature ; Will to Power and Panpsychism: A New Exegesis of Beyond Good and Evil 36 ; Nietzsche's Value Monism: Saying Yes to Everything ; Nietzsche, Consciousness, and Dynamic Cognitive Neuroscience ; Freedom, Resistance, Agency ; Value, Affect, Drive ; Ressentiment and the Possibility of Intentional Self-Deception ; Nietzsche and Naturalism