from Will to power

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554 (1885-1886)

Causalism.–It is obvious that things-in-themselves cannot be related to one another as cause and effect, nor can appearance be so related to appearance; from which it follows that in a philosophy that believes in things-in-themselves and appearances the concept ”cause and effect” cannot be applied. Kant’s mistakes

In fact, the concept ”cause and effect” derives, psychologically speaking, only from a mode of thought that believes that always and everywhere will operates upon will–that believes only in living things and fundamentally only in ”souls” (and not in things). Within the mechanistic view of the world (which is logic and its application to space and time), that concept is reduced to the formulas of mathematics–with which, as one must emphasize again and again, nothing is ever comprehended, but rather designated and distorted.


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