How one becomes what one is called: On the relation between traits and trait-terms in Nietzsche

Journal of Nietzsche Studies 46 (1):261-269 (2015)
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Despite the recent surge of interest in Nietzsche’s moral psychology and his conceptions of character and virtue in particular, little attention has been paid to his treatment of the relation between character traits and the terms that designate them. In this paper, I argue for an interpretation of this relation: Nietzsche thinks there is a looping effect between the psychological disposition named by a character trait-term and the practice of using that term.

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Mark Alfano
Macquarie University


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