Nietzsche on Causation

Journal of Speculative Philosophy 28 (3):327-334 (2014)
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Nietzsche’s critique of causality is at the heart of his critiques of metaphysics and natural science, for causality is the mechanism by which metaphysical concepts are generated and nature is transformed into a system of universal laws. Yet the nature, variety, and radical entailments of his critique of causality have been insufficiently appreciated in the scholarship. By eliminating cause, he deals a death blow to the naturalism currently in vogue in Nietzsche studies,1 according to which Nietzsche is “engaged in giving causal explanations of various human phenomena.”2 The mistake is to read his metaphysically deflationary views concerning nonnatural causality and his privileging of nature and philosophical ..



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