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Title: Nietzsche's categories : an examination of the principal categories of Nietzsche's philosophy and the arguments they circumscribe.
Author: Davey, N.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3406 0827
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1980
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This thesis endeavours to critically examine and interpret the principal categories which govern the ontological and epi.stemological foundations of Nietzsche's philosophy. Its primary concern i.sto systematically layout in an hitherto unattempted way Nietzsche's varied employments of the categories of Being (Sein), reality (Realit"at), appearance (Scheinbarkei~), contradiction (Widerspruch), life (Leben) and Becoming (Werden). The aims of this approach are as follows. (I) A presentatiun of Nietzsche's primary philosophical ar:·gumentswithin the categorical horizons in which they are set will reveal his various approaches to a given category and thereby highlight his distinct critical and constructive philosophical manoeuvres. (2) Elucidating Nietzsche's uses of his major categories exposes the formal procedures which characterise his mode of philosophy. Particular attention is given to his commitment to monism, to speculative inductions, to a variation of -the principle of identity and non-identity and to a dialectically circular structure of thought which hinges upon concepts of the implicit and explicit. (3) By illuminating Nietzsche's intellectual procedures, the systematic character of his philosophising will be r~vcalcd. The thoruughness of his epistemology in particular will be discussed at length. (4) An examination of the categorical forms of Nietzsche's thinking permits the drawing of precise philosophical parallels with the arguments of Spinoza, Leibniz, Kar.t, Hegel and Schopenhauer, parallels which show Nietzsche's approach to epistemological and ont.ological issues to be anything but eccentric. (5) Finally, the uncovering of the form of Nietzsche's philosophical arguments enables a precise identification of the problems inherent in both his philosophy and in his mode of philosophising. His failure to account for the fiction of identity, his inability to escape the notion of substance, the opposition between his various concepts of Becoming and the fundamental tension between the assumptions which govern his epistemological and ontological arguments will be examined in detail.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Philosophy