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Nietzsche, Agency, and Responsibility: “Das Thun ist Alles”

Nietzsche, Agency, and Responsibility: “Das Thun ist Alles” This article examines Robert Pippin’s most recent contributions to debates about Nietzsche’s views about agency and freedom in his <i>Nietzsche, Psychology, and First Philosophy</i>. In particular, I focus on his elaboration of Nietzsche’s claim, quoting Goethe, in <i>On the Genealogy of Morality</i> that “das Thun ist Alles”—<i>the deed is everything</i>. I highlight what I consider to be particularly promising features of Pippin’s expressivist reading of Nietzsche, suggest ways it might be developed even further, and indicate how such views about agency are relevant to Nietzsche’s anticipation of overcoming morality—particularly the sort that links value with intention—and to a revised conception of responsibility. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Nietzsche, Agency, and Responsibility: “Das Thun ist Alles”

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Penn State University Press
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Abstract

This article examines Robert Pippin’s most recent contributions to debates about Nietzsche’s views about agency and freedom in his <i>Nietzsche, Psychology, and First Philosophy</i>. In particular, I focus on his elaboration of Nietzsche’s claim, quoting Goethe, in <i>On the Genealogy of Morality</i> that “das Thun ist Alles”—<i>the deed is everything</i>. I highlight what I consider to be particularly promising features of Pippin’s expressivist reading of Nietzsche, suggest ways it might be developed even further, and indicate how such views about agency are relevant to Nietzsche’s anticipation of overcoming morality—particularly the sort that links value with intention—and to a revised conception of responsibility.

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Aug 15, 2013

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