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Nietzsche's Ethical Theory Mind, Self and Responsibility by Craig M. Dove

Nietzsche's Ethical Theory Mind, Self and Responsibility

Part of the Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy Series


Nietzsche's Ethical Theory Mind, Self and Responsibility by Craig M. Dove

This book provides a new approach to a major figure in Western Philosophy.This important new book explores the ethical theory of Friedrich Nietzsche in light of recent work done in the philosophy of mind. Craig Dove examines issues of free will, communication, the way in which we construct the self, and the implications of all these for ethics. After dismissing what he calls the 'soul hypothesis', Nietzsche is left with a problem: how do we explain the sense of unity and continuity most of us experience as our identity?Drawing on recent work in cognitive science and philosophy of mind, this study shows that Nietzsche's tentative suggestions in the late nineteenth century have been supported by late twentieth century research. Arguing that work done in the philosophy of mind by Paul Churchland and Daniel Dennett helps to illuminate Nietzsche's positive ethical doctrine, Dove goes on to show that recent work has not adequately thought through the implications for ethics, while Nietzsche has already accomplished precisely that. This is an important and original contribution to an ongoing debate.


Mention -Chronicle of Higher Education, January 23, 2009 Mention --Chronicle of Higher Education, January 23, 2009 Mention Chronicle of Higher Education, January 23, 2009 The writing is clear, the arguments are imaginative, and Dove broaches a range of important, central topics. He draws interesting, suggestive connections between Nietzsche's claims and contemporary work in philosophy of mind. Anyone who is interested in exploring these potential similarities will find many helpful claims here. - --Sanford Lakoff Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

About the Author

Craig Dove has taught at Radford University, Roanoke College, Randolph Macon Woman's College, and currently teaches at Indiana University East, USA.

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Publication date

1st June 2008


Craig M. Dove

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


160 pages


Ethics & moral philosophy



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