Critical Response to Justin Remhof’s Nietzsche’s Constructivism

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    The following abbreviations of Nietzsche’s texts will be used throughout:

    BGE: Beyond Good and Evil

    D: Daybreak

    GM: On the Genealogy of Morality

    GS: The Gay Science

    SE: ‘Schopenhauer as Educator’

    TI: Twilight of the Idols

    WP: The Will to Power

    KSA: Sämtliche Werke. Kritische Studienausgabe

    Nietzsche (1967); Nietzsche (1968); Nietzsche (1974); Nietzsche (1993); Nietzsche (1994); Nietzsche (1998a; b; c).

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    That Nietzsche identifies Kant’s distinction between appearances and things-in-themselves with the Platonic/Christian distinction between the apparent and real world is further evident in TI ‘Reason’ 6 and GS 335.

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    Remhof argues that interpretive and conceptual change for Nietzsche entails a change in the constitution of objects rather than a change in our interpretation of objects. He argues for this by appealing to GS 58. For my non-constructivist interpretation of that passage, see Doyle (2018), 91–93.

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    See Doyle (2009), Chapter Six.


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Doyle, T. Critical Response to Justin Remhof’s Nietzsche’s Constructivism. Philosophia (2020).

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