An Attempt at a Genealogy of Cause and Effect

01 May 2003, Posted by Alexandros in Academic Papers


This paper is an effort to retrieve, connect and enhance certain ideas found throughout Nietzsche’s works that pertain to causality, in order to make a persuasive case of how our idea of causality came to be and what errors and naiveties were and may still be contained in it. The genealogy reveals the connections and roles played by our idea of the will, the ‘I’, our need for familiarity, the nature of language and how our interpretations of our own psychological processes shaped our notion of causality.