My research deals with the problems of modernity as articulated through the works of Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche characterizes the malaise of modernity in terms of an energetic deficit that implies the depletion of our motivational and creative resources. As a result, for Nietzsche, the quality of human lives has been diminished and the emergence of great individuals has become impossible. And yet, Nietzsche writes extensively for such envisioned great individuals that he calls free spirits, philosophers of the future, and so on. Given his explicit claims regarding the energetic deficit in modernity, what are the conditions of possibility for the emergence of such individuals? What kind role do they play in overcoming the malaise of modernity as characterized by Nietzsche?
My strategy to tackle this energetic problem is through developing a naturalistic understanding of the body that will clear us from the illusions of power by revealing the profound continuity of the physiological processes of the body and moral values. My hypothesis is that in the aftermath of the death of God, which has hitherto taken to be the ground of all truths, Nietzsche transforms the question of truth – the kernel of truthfulness – into a radically economic problem of self-regulation. For the genuine increase of power and its measure, one needs physiological self-knowledge, therefore, simply put, by attaining self-knowledge, one will know how much power one has and how s/he should make use of it in order to increase the quality of life. In this way, it will be argued, despite the energetic deficit in modernity, the revitalization of the body can still be rendered possible through incorporation of truth. My claim is therefore that by transforming the traditional or metaphysical notion of truth into an economic problem of self-regulation, the emergence of great individuals can become possible without having to transform the entire social structure into a form of aristocracy that would supposedly promote the emergence of such individuals.
2016 – Present Leiden University
PhD Candidate at the Institute for Philosophy
Dr. Frank Chouraqui (daily supervisor)
Prof. Dr. Frans de Haas (promoter)
2013 – 2016 Radboud University Nijmegen
Research Master in Philosophy
Graduation date: 29-01-2016
Supervision: Prof. Dr. G.J. van der Heiden
2007 – 2013 Koç University
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
B.A, Philosophy (Cum laude)
2012 Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Exchange Erasmus Program