By Gregory Moore
This research explores the German philosopher's reaction to the highbrow debates sparked via the booklet of Charles Darwin's foundation of Species. via reading the abundance of organic metaphors in Nietzsche's writings, Gregory Moore questions his fresh acceptance as an eminently subversive and submit sleek philosopher. The publication analyzes key issues of Nietzsche's thought--his critique of morality, his philosophy of artwork and the Übermensch--in the sunshine of the speculation of evolution, the nineteenth-century experience of decadence and the increase of anti-Semitism.
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While this claim at first appears extravagant and counter-intuitive, it is hardly original: it was one of the insights into nature offered by the new biology, providing a novel solution to one of the most fundamental problems in the philosophy of biology: that of individuality. Leibniz had placed the discrete, indivisible, unchangeable monad at the centre of his system and, in his wake, the older Idealist biology conceived individuality in qualitative terms; the parts of each individual were assumed to be woven together into a uniform, harmonious whole.
122. , p. 160. 42 Evolution suggest that Nietzsche was familiar with any of these theories, nor need he have been; for, as the biologist E. S. 31 To be sure, Nietzsche, like Goethe before him, is at times wary of committing himself entirely to a ‘vitalistic’ explanation of natural processes; such an account has for him only heuristic or symbolic value: Neither of the two explanations of organic life has been hitherto successful, neither the one from the perspective of mechanics, nor the one from the perspective of the mind.
156. Haeckel even speaks of ‘will-cells’ (p. 117). , p. 166. , p. 122. , p. 160. 42 Evolution suggest that Nietzsche was familiar with any of these theories, nor need he have been; for, as the biologist E. S. 31 To be sure, Nietzsche, like Goethe before him, is at times wary of committing himself entirely to a ‘vitalistic’ explanation of natural processes; such an account has for him only heuristic or symbolic value: Neither of the two explanations of organic life has been hitherto successful, neither the one from the perspective of mechanics, nor the one from the perspective of the mind.