Nietzsche on Force and Matter

01 Nov 2003, Posted by Alexandros in Academic Papers


This paper brings together a number of threads in Nietzsche’s thought to present a genealogy and critique of the ontological category of “things”. These threads are: Nietzsche’s “naturalisation” of Kant via Darwin, his evolutionary epistemology that went against classical empiricism and anticipated findings in modern psychology, his insights on language, consciousness and the self, his reflections on atomism and his contributions on how to overcome it via ideas of force and process which anticipated key ideas later proposed by A. N. Whitehead, and finally, his rejection of the Kantian thing-in-itself and how, paired with the notion of perspectivism, he anticipated developments in contemporary epistemology and metaphysics.