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In A Teacher's Introduction to Postmodernism by R. Linn, it says:

Whereas Kant argued that the concept of a "thing", as opposed to en "event", was produced in consciousness as a result of an innate mental category, Nietzsche argues that it is produced by language. Specifically, when we think about our changing experiences, we do so in sentences which have subjects and predicates and it is this linguistic think of the world as divided into things and events.

Then uses as an example how a lighting is a single event but we think of it as "the lightning flashed". Also, how we identify ourselves with a "self" that "has thoughts".

I find this idea very interesting. Can someone explain further and recommend me sources to read?

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  • Not sure if you are asking about the place of this thesis in Nietzsche's thought or about the general idea of language shaping how we think and parse the world. If it is the latter see the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis in linguistics, "a principle claiming that the structure of a language affects its speakers' world view or cognition". It is controversial, and in the strong form proposed by Nietzsche, now rejected. But there are some aspects of thought that do show linguistic influence. – Conifold Jul 4 '20 at 7:56

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