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Nietzsche as Metaphysician

By Justin Remhof Copyright 2023
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book defends the controversial view that Nietzsche is a metaphysician against a long-standing tendency to sever Nietzsche from metaphysical philosophy.  

    Remhof presents a metametaphysical treatment of Nietzsche’s writings to show that for Nietzsche the questions, answers, methods, and subject matters of metaphysical philosophy are not only perfectly legitimate, but also crucial for understanding the world and our place within it. The book examines aspects of Nietzsche’s thought that have received little attention in the literature, including his view of what makes metaphysics possible; his metaphysics of science; his naturalized metaphysics; how he appeals to the intuitions of readers; how he employs a priori reasoning; how he uses metaphysical grounding explanations; and how metaphysics is intertwined with topics central to his philosophical thinking, including his understanding of becoming, ethics, nihilism, life, perspective, amor fati, and eternal recurrence.  

    Nietzsche as Metaphysician will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working on Nietzsche and the history of metaphysics.

    1. Interpreting Nietzsche on Metaphysics

    2. Nietzsche and Metaphysical Questions

    3. Nietzsche and What Metaphysics Is

    4. Nietzsche and Metaphysical Answers

    5. Nietzsche and Metaphysical Methods

    6. Nietzsche and Metaphysical Subjects

    7. Nietzsche as Metaphysician


    Justin Remhof is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University. He is the author of Nietzsche’s Constructivism: A Metaphysics of Material Objects (Routledge 2018). His work has appeared in journals such as European Journal of Philosophy, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Inquiry, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, and Nietzsche-Studien.

    "Remhof’s book opens up a conversation about Nietzsche’s status as a metaphysical thinker and shows that how we interpret his metaphysics is not just of theoretical interest but of practical importance. Anyone with an interest in Nietzsche’s philosophy should be interested in reading this book."

    Tsarina Doyle, National University of Ireland, Galway