Inner Opacity. Nietzsche on Introspection and Agency

  title={Inner Opacity. Nietzsche on Introspection and Agency},
  author={Mattia Riccardi},
  pages={221 - 243}
Abstract Nietzsche believes that we do not know our own actions, nor their real motives. This belief, however, is but a consequence of his assuming a quite general skepticism about introspection. The main aim of this paper is to offer a reading of this last view, which I shall call the Inner Opacity (IO) view. In the first part of the paper I show that a strong motivation behind IO lies in Nietzsche’s claim that self-knowledge exploits the same set of cognitive capacities as well as the same… 
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