Keynote speeches and special session given at the international conference 'Nietzsche on Mind and Nature', held at St. Peter's College, Oxford, 11-13 September 2009, organized by the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford.
The Genealogy of Guilt
Nietzsche's objective is not to challenge the Christian non-naturalistic account of guilt but to show that Christian representation of guilt is a product of the exploitation of human susceptibility to guilt as instrument of self-directed cruelty.
Nietzsche on Soul in Nature
This keynote speech examines if, according to Nietzsche, experience of nature is inevitably conditioned by some archetypal phantasm or cultural construction process or if unmediated apprehension of nature is possible.
Who is the 'Sovereign Individual?' Nietzsche on Freedom
Nietzsche's Sovereign Individual (SI) argues that 1. Nietzsche denies free will and moral responsibility. 2. SI in no way supports a denial of 1. 3. Nietzsche engages in a 'persuasive definition' of the language of Freedom and Free Will.
Consciousness, Language and Nature: Nietzsche's Philosophy of Mind and Nature
On the triangulation between consciousness, language and nature in Nietzsche's philosophy and contemporary philosophy of mind and proposes a philosophy of signs and interpretation as a basis for a philosophy of mind, language and nature.
Nietzsche rejects a persisting self; real distinctions of objects and properties, categorical and dispositional properties, causes and effects; free will. He holds that determinism is true, reality is one and fundamentally experiential.
Nietzsche's Value Monism - Saying Yes to Everything
Lecture on Nietzsche's attack on Value Dualism, as well as the view he offers instead and whether Nietzsche can sustain his Value Monism-the view that everything is good-given the pressures that pull him back into saying no as well as yes.
This is a review.
I'm finicky about lectures on Nietzsche, because they too often domesticate and neuter/neutralize a body of work that is wild, dangerous, protean, inexhaustible. The lectures and commentaries on Nietzsche that I've heard rarely abide with the sprightly, captious, exhilarating spirit of Nietzsche's writing. But these lectures are, for the most part, excellent-- nuanced, clever, profound... my favorites were "Consciousness, Language and Nature", "Nietzsche's Value Monism", and "Nietzsche on Soul in Nature" -- really allowed me to luxuriate the more deeply, richly, lushly in Nietzsche's wilderness.