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Agency and the Foundations of Ethics


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Introduction 1: Three Challenges for Ethical Theory 2: Normativity as Inescapability 3: Constitutivism and Self-Knowledge 4: Constitutivism and Self-Constitution 5: Action's First Constitutive Aim: Agential Activity 6: Action's Second Constitutive Aim: Power 7: The Structure of Nietzschean Constitutivism 8: The Normative Results Generated by Nietzschean Constitutivism 9: Activity, Power, and the Foundations of Ethics Appendix: Is Nietzsche Really a Constitutivist? References

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Paul Katsafanas is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. He works in ethics, action theory, and nineteenth-century philosophy.


`impressive and important . . . a comprehensive examination of constitutivism in ethics, including a lucid exposition and critical discussion of previous constitutivist theories, as well as a novel version of constitutivism that draws on developments in previously untapped areas . . . The writing is consistently clear, the argumentation reliably rigorous . . .The book is a valuable read not only for those interested in constitutivism, but also for anyone with a serious interest in ethical theory, philosophy of action, moral psychology, and Nietzsche studies more broadly.' Alex Silk, Notre Dame Philosophical Studies `Katsafanas's thesis is novel and imaginative, both in itself and as a reading of Nietzsche.' David Owens, The Times Literary Supplement `there has been a resurgence of interest among professional philosophers in the meaning of life. No one has done more to contribute to the growing body of literature on the topic than Thaddeus Metz. His new book is an important, deeply engaging, and first-rate contribution to the literature on the meaning of life.' Stewart Goetz, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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