The Ethos of Inquiry: Nietzsche on Experience, Naturalism, and Experimentalism

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In this article I examine Nietzsche's experimentalism, treating this as a naturalist feature of his wider philosophical concerns. I focus predominantly on Nietzsche's presentation of remarks on experimentation in Dawn and in The Gay Science. Through analyzing the role played by the concept of experience within Nietzsche's experimentalism, I show that experimentalism is both a strategy for philosophical engagement, and a form of virtue. In so doing, I clarify the relevance of experimentalism to scientific inquiry and to ethics in Nietzsche's wider philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-29
JournalJournal of Nietzsche Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


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