Snowed by his affirmation of certain model natural sciences, popular naturalist readings of Nietzsche, which assert that he is “engaged in giving causal explanations of various human phenomena,” fail to account for his critique of causality. This critique is at the heart of his critiques of metaphysics and natural science, for causality is the mechanism by which metaphysical concepts are generated and nature is transformed into a system of universal laws. I explain this connection by reference to his Aristotelian interpretation of causality and examine the radical entailments of this critique.

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