Readership: Scholars and advanced students in ethics and moral philosophy, and those who study nineteenth-century Philosophy particularly Nietzsche
Paul Katsafanas, Boston University
Paul Katsafanas is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. He works in ethics, action theory, and nineteenth-century philosophy.
"impressive and important... a comprehensive examination of constitutivism in ethics, including a lucid exposition and critical discussion of previous constitutivist theories, as well as a novel version of constitutivism that draws on developments in previously untapped areas... The writing is consistently clear, the argumentation reliably rigorous... The book is a valuable read not only for those interested in constitutivism, but also for anyone with a serious interest in ethical theory, philosophy of action, moral psychology, and Nietzsche studies more broadly." - Alex Silk, Notre Dame Philosophical Studies
"Katsafanas's thesis is novel and imaginative, both in itself and as a reading of Nietzsche." - David Owens, The
1: Three Challenges for Ethical Theory
2: Normativity as Inescapability
3: Constitutivism and Self-Knowledge
4: Constitutivism and Self-Constitution
5: Action's First Constitutive Aim: Agential Activity
6: Action's Second Constitutive Aim: Power
7: The Structure of Nietzschean Constitutivism
8: The Normative Results Generated by Nietzschean Constitutivism
9: Activity, Power, and the Foundations of Ethics
Appendix: Is Nietzsche Really a Constitutivist?