Identifier

etd-11102011-151907

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This thesis attempts to create an ontology of the self using Nietzsche’s concept of will-to-power forces, which operate in the individual unconsciously, leading to non-linear individuation resulting from responding or participating in chance events. Individuation results non-linearly because of Nietzsche’s claim that the “Deed has no doer” and that subjects and thoughts rely on fictitiously created causal chains, but that in actuality there are nothing but chance events and competing forces of nature which shape the individual into non-linear directions. The individual can only respond as creatively as possible to moments which arise, once loss of ultimate control is embraced. The main original points in this thesis are the interpretations that Nietzsche’s will-to-power acts as unconscious processes in individuals, and that non-linear individuation results from the directions which are taken during the participation and mastery of chance events.

Date

2011

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Committee Chair

Schufreider, Gregory

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