By Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Nietzsche, Friedrich; Doyle, Tsarina

Few philosophers are as commonly learn or as largely misunderstood as Nietzsche. during this publication, Tsarina Doyle units out to teach particularly Kantian-informed technique lies on the center of Nietzsche's method of epistemology and metaphysics. the writer claims, contentiously, that either Nietzsche's early and past due writings will be understood as responses to Kant's constitutive-regulative contrast on the point of epistemology and to his remedy of strength and effective causality on the point of metaphysics

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39 Nietzsche contends that Kant renders the object of knowledge coextensive with our cognition by emphasising the constitutive role of the Understanding over the role of empirical content in his account of synthesis. That Nietzsche understands Kant’s account of synthesis in terms of a form/content distinction is evident from his description of Kant’s synthetic a priori judgements. 40 According to Kant, as we have seen, the pure concepts of the Understanding inform cognition of an object right from its apprehension in intuition to its recognition in a concept.

Indd 25 26/5/09 13:46:31 26 Nietzsche on Epistemology and Metaphysics pure conceptual access to how things are in themselves in favour of rendering the empirical realm an object of knowledge. The hardest-fought victory of all was won by the enormous courage and wisdom of Kant and Schopenhauer, a victory over the optimism which lies hidden in the nature of logic and which in turn is the hidden foundation of our culture. Whereas this optimism once believed in our ability to grasp and solve, with the help of the seemingly reliable aeternae veritates, all the puzzles of the universe, and treated space, time, and causality as entirely unconditional laws of the most general validity, Kant showed that these things actually only served to raise mere appearance, the work of maya, to the status of the sole and supreme reality .

39 Nietzsche contends that Kant renders the object of knowledge coextensive with our cognition by emphasising the constitutive role of the Understanding over the role of empirical content in his account of synthesis. That Nietzsche understands Kant’s account of synthesis in terms of a form/content distinction is evident from his description of Kant’s synthetic a priori judgements. 40 According to Kant, as we have seen, the pure concepts of the Understanding inform cognition of an object right from its apprehension in intuition to its recognition in a concept.

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