Self-deception, consciousness and value - The Nietzschean contribution
UNSPECIFIED. (2004) Self-deception, consciousness and value - The Nietzschean contribution. JOURNAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES, 11 (10-11). pp. 44-65. ISSN 1355-8250Full text not available from this repository.
Nietzsche's central criticisms of the evaluative hierarchies he claims to be inscribed in the philosophical tradition and in various everyday practices are based on the idea that the self is opaque to itself. More specifically, he proposes that these hierarchies cannot be adequately explained without reference to a particular,form of self-deception he labels ressentiment. What makes this type of self-deception distinctive is that it is alleged to concern the subject's own contemporaneous conscious states. It is shown that none of the three main current models of self-deception can accommodate the type of phenomenon Nietzsche claims to have discovered. Rather than this failure providing grounds for rejecting the concept of ressentiment as incoherent, it is argued that a reconstruction of some of Nietzsche's own observations, in conjunction with insights from later phenometiology, can explain the possibility envisaged by Nietzsche of a subject's intentionally misinterpreting her own current affective experiences. Nietzsche's analysis continues to be of importance in highlighting central aspects of the kind of theory of (self-) consciousness needed to do justice to the actual complexity of affective experience.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
H Social Sciences
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES|
|Number of Pages:||22|
|Page Range:||pp. 44-65|
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