The Nietzschean precedent for anti-reflective, dialogical agency

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(In response to: Précis of Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency (

Nietzsche anticipates both the anti-reflective and the dialogical aspects of Doris's theory of agency. Nietzsche's doctrine of will to power presupposes that agency does not require reflection but emerges from interacting drives, affects, and emotions. Furthermore, Nietzsche identifies two channels through which dialogical processes of person-formation flow: sometimes a person announces what she is and meets with social acceptance of that claim; sometimes someone else announces what the person is, and she accepts the attribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e37
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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