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Nietzsche and James on the Value of Constructing Objects

Justin Remhof
Published Online: 2018-12-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2018-0028


In this paper, I first suggest that Nietzsche and James, two otherwise very different thinkers, both endorse the controversial constructivist view that human representational practices bring all material objects into existence. I then explore their views concerning why and how constructivism can play a vital role in helping us find reality and our lives valuable.

Keywords: Nietzsche; James; objects; metaphysics; constructivism; nihilism; pragmatism; truth; value theory


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About the article

Received: 2018-08-03

Accepted: 2018-10-25

Published Online: 2018-12-05

Published in Print: 2018-11-01

Citation Information: Open Philosophy, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 392–400, ISSN (Online) 2543-8875, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2018-0028.

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