Agency and the foundations of ethics : Nietzschean constitutivism / Paul Katsafanas.
- Other Title:
- Nietzschean constitutivism
- 1st ed.
- Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
xi, 267 p. ; 25 cm.
- Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900 -- Criticism and interpretation.
- Paul Katsafanas explores how we can justify normative claims such as 'murder is wrong'. He defends an original account of constitutivism - the view that we do so by showing that agents become committed to them in virtue of acting - and resolves philosophical puzzles about the metaphysics, epistemology, and practical grip of normative claims.
- 1. Three challenges for ethical theory
2. Normativity as inescapability
3. Constitutivism and self-knowledge
4. Constitutivism and self-constitution
5. Action's first constitutive aim: agential activity
6. Action's second constitutive aim: power
7. The structure of Nietzschean constitutivism
8. The normative results generated by Nietzschean constitutivism
9. Activity, power, and the foundations of ethics.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -264) and index.
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