The aim of this thesis will be to give an elucidation of Nietzsche’s ideal of the post-moral autonomous individual: to give a picture of what Nietzsche takes such an individual to look like, and to show how this picture relates to some of Nietzsche’s most fundamental philosophical concerns. Overall, my argument will be that autonomy, or rather the degree of autonomy that a person possesses, is a function of the power of that person in relation to the other people and forces, and of their ability to extend their will over long periods of time. Moreover, the achievement of the highest degrees of autonomy, and by extension the achievement of the greatest levels of power, requires imposing an ethic upon one’s actions and one’s self. There are several features that this ethic must have if it is adequately to perform its function: it must be self-chosen rather than simply picked up from one’s surroundings, it must act to give unity to the most diverse collection of collection of drives and affects possible for the person who holds it, and it must be well tailored to fit their specific natural constitution. In order to establish this I will focus on four main issues: the significance of the sovereign individual of GM II: 2, the role of ethics/values in Nietzsche’s ideal of autonomy, the relation between Nietzsche’s deflationary account of consciousness and his views of freedom, and the notion of unity at play in Nietzsche’s writings. I will also offer some thoughts on the coherence of Nietzsche’s ideal of autonomy with his thoughts on life-affirmation
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,008
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Critique of Practical Reason.Immanuel Kant - 1788 - Hackett Publishing Company.
Critique of Pure Reason.I. Kant - 1787/1998 - Philosophy 59 (230):555-557.
Creating the Kingdom of Ends.Christine M. Korsgaard - 1996 - Cambridge University Press.

View all 75 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Nietzsche Contra Kant and the Problem of Autonomy.Richard White - 1990 - International Studies in Philosophy 22 (2):3-11.
Nietzsche’s Daybreak: Toward a Naturalized Theory of Autonomy.Carl B. Sachs - 2008 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 13 (1):81-100.
Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy.Ken Gemes & Simon May (eds.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
Freedom as a Philosophical Ideal: Nietzsche and His Antecedents.Donald Rutherford - 2011 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 54 (5):512 - 540.
The Relation Between Sovereignty and Guilt in Nietzsche's Genealogy.Gabriel Zamosc - 2012 - European Journal of Philosophy 20 (S1):E107-e142.
Nietzsche's Intentions: What the Sovereign Individual Promises.Aaron Ridley - 2009 - In Ken Gemes & Simon May (eds.), Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy. Oxford University Press. pp. 181--196.
Autonomy, Self-Respect, and Self-Love: Nietzsche on Ethical Agency.David Owen - 2009 - In Ken Gemes & Simon May (eds.), Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy. Oxford University Press. pp. 197.
Autonomy, Affect, and the Self in Nietzsche's Project of Genealogy.Christopher Janaway - 2009 - In Ken Gemes & Simon May (eds.), Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy. Oxford University Press. pp. 51--68.
Nietzsche's Theory of the Will.Brian Leiter - 2005 - In Ken Gemes & Simon May (eds.), Philosophical Topics. Oxford University Press. pp. 119-137.


Added to PP index

Total views
13 ( #768,750 of 2,505,158 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #416,587 of 2,505,158 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes