Juxtaposition of Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche and Hannah Arendt´s Conceptions of Will: It´s ethical Implications

Kelechi Naze

Affiliation: Federal University, Department of Philosophy, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Keywords: Will, Moral value, Consequentialism, Inconsequentialism, Reason, Kant, Nietzche, Arendt.

Categories: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

DOI: 10.17160/josha.8.3.753

Languages: English

Action is a constituent of existence which is so axiomatic. In the human sphere, action has been affected by the sophistication and complexity of man, hence the avalanche of issues which spring from it. This is underscored by its reverberation on human-to-human relationships wherein it plays a central role. The right and wrong dual possibilities of human actions have often elicited interest in the scrutiny of human will, given its proximity to human actions. Although Hannah Arendt’s fascination about and consequent investigation of the will as a concept provides us pertinent information about its role in human acts, it is noteworthy that her predecessors in the persons of Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Nietzsche were also entangled in the “will” discourse. Thus, this paper argues that placing their views side by side enlarges our cognitive horizon bordering on the will and somewhat harmonizes the opposing ethical viewpoints of consequentialism and inconsequentialism, which mirrors the ethical implications.

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