Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor

Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor

by Gregory Moore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521024277

ISBN-13: 9780521024273

Pub. Date: 12/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor explores the German philosopher's response to the intellectual debates sparked by the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species. By examining the abundance of biological metaphors in Nietzsche's writings, Gregory Moore questions his recent reputation as an eminently subversive and (post-) modern thinker, and shows how deeply…  See more details below

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"Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor explores the German philosopher's response to the intellectual debates sparked by the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species. By examining the abundance of biological metaphors in Nietzsche's writings, Gregory Moore questions his recent reputation as an eminently subversive and (post-) modern thinker, and shows how deeply Nietzsche was immersed in late nineteenth-century debates on evolution, degeneration and race." The first part of the book provides a detailed study and new interpretation of Nietzsche's much disputed relationship to Darwinism. Uniquely, Moore also considers the importance of Nietzsche's evolutionary perspective for the development of his moral and aesthetic philosophy. The second part analyses key themes of Nietzsche's cultural criticism - his attack on the Judaeo-Christian tradition, his diagnosis of the nihilistic crisis afflicting modernity and his anti-Wagnerian polemics - against the background of fin-de-siecle fears about the imminent biological collapse of western civilisation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521024273
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
Pt. 1Evolution
1The physiology of power21
2The physiology of morality56
3The physiology of art85
Pt. 2Degeneration
4Nietzsche and the nervous age115
5Christianity and degeneration139
6Degenerate art165
Conclusion193
Bibliography212
Index225

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