Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor

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Overview

This study 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. The book analyzes key themes of Nietzsche's thought—his critique of morality, his philosophy of art and the Übermensch—in the light of the theory of evolution, the nineteenth-century sense of decadence and the rise of anti-Semitism.

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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: 9780521812306
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 238
  • Lexile: 1610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Evolution: 1. The physiology of power; 2. The physiology of morality; 3. The physiology of art; Part II. Degeneration: 4. Nietzsche and the nervous age; 5. Christianity and degeneration; 6. Degenerate art; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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