The Nietzschean Self: Moral Psychology, Agency, and the Unconscious by Paul Katsafanas
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Overview: Nietzsche’s works are replete with discussions of moral psychology, but to date there has been no systematic analysis of his account. How does Nietzsche understand human motivation, deliberation, agency, and selfhood? How does his account of the unconscious inform these topics? What is Nietzsche’s conception of freedom, and how do we become free? Should freedom be a goal for all of us? How does–and how should–the individual relate to his social context? The Nietzschean Self offers a clear, comprehensive analysis of these central topics in Nietzsche’s moral psychology. It analyzes his distinction between conscious and unconscious mental events, explains the nature of a type of motivational state that Nietzsche calls the ‘drive’, and examines the connection between drives, desires, affects, and values. It explores Nietzsche’s account of willing unity of the self, freedom, and the relation of the self to its social and historical context.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Philosophy