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The Nietzschean SelfMoral Psychology, Agency, and the Unconscious$
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Paul Katsafanas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198737100

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737100.001.0001

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The Unconscious

The Unconscious

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(p.14) 2 The Unconscious
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The Nietzschean Self
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Paul Katsafanas

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737100.003.0002

This chapter addresses Nietzsche’s distinction between the conscious and the unconscious. Many philosophers assume that the unconscious is simply the conscious pushed out of view, that the difference between a conscious and an unconscious state is merely that the former is perceptible in a way that the latter is not. This chapter argues that this is inadequate. Conscious and unconscious states have different structures. Conscious states are not simply unconscious ones with awareness superadded; they are different kinds of states and exhibit different structures. For Nietzsche, conscious states are linguistically or conceptually articulated, whereas unconscious states have a form of nonconceptual content.

Keywords:   Nietzsche, conscious, unconscious, awareness, nonconceptual content

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