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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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"Moore offers the first detailed examination in English of Niezsche's knowledge of and response to 19th-century debates surrounding evolutionary theory.... This book should be a part of every academic library. It will interest students and scholars of Nietzsche, German culture, 19th-century intellectual history, and the history of science. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty." Choice
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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)

Meet the Author

Gregory Moore is Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Evolution
1 The physiology of power 21
2 The physiology of morality 56
3 The physiology of art 85
Pt. 2 Degeneration
4 Nietzsche and the nervous age 115
5 Christianity and degeneration 139
6 Degenerate art 165
Conclusion 193
Bibliography 212
Index 225
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