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Emden on Nietzsche's Naturalism: A Critical Assessment

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2015

12 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2015  

Brian Leiter

University of Chicago

Date Written: July 22, 2015


I review and evaluate the intellectual historian Christian Emden's recent book Nietzsche's Naturalism: Philosophy and the Life Sciences in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Topics addressed include: the meaning of naturalism; the relationship between substantive and methodological versions of naturalism and physicalism and other reductionisms; the role of Kant and NeoKantians like Lange and Helmholtz in Nietzsche's philosophy; the actual role of the life sciences in Nietzsche's naturalism; and what is involved in a naturalistic account of normativity.

Keywords: Nietzsche, Kant, Lange, naturalism, physicalism

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Leiter, Brian, Emden on Nietzsche's Naturalism: A Critical Assessment (July 22, 2015). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2015. Available at SSRN:

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