Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 75 (1):92–110 (2007)
Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals is deservedly part of the ethical canon, but it is also be enormously and insistently absent-minded. I’m going to first present, as a textual puzzle, a handful of forgetful moments in the first two essays of the Genealogy. To address the puzzle, I will take up a familiar idea, that the Genealogy is both a subversive account of ethics and of what it is to be an intellectual. I will describe a strategy for reading the text that makes these out to be differently and more closely connected than they are usually taken to be. That will allow me to address a persistent worry in the secondary literature, by explaining how the Genealogy’s criticism of morality can be something other than an instance of the genetic fallacy, yet also not lapse into one or another form of moralism. On the way, I will suggest that Nietzsche’s text requires us to modify one of the standard constraints on interpreting philosophical writing.
|Keywords||Analytic Philosophy Contemporary Philosophy Philosophy of Mind|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
An Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy.John Skorupski, John Stuart Mill, Alan Ryan & J. M. Robson - 1982 - Philosophical Quarterly 32 (127):171.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Nietzsche, Genealogy, Morality: Essays on Nietzsche's "Genealogy of Morals." Richard Schacht. [REVIEW]Bernard Reginster - 1996 - Ethics 106 (2):457.
Beyond Selflessness: Reading Nietzsche's Genealogy.Christopher Janaway - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
Understanding Genealogy: History, Power, and the Self.Martin Saar - 2008 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 2 (3):295-314.
Nietzsche as Anti-Semitic Jewish Conspiracy Theorist.Robert Nola - 2003 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (1):35-62.
Nietzsche's on the Genealogy of Morality: An Introduction.Lawrence J. Hatab - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads44 ( #119,500 of 2,177,988 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #166,811 of 2,177,988 )
How can I increase my downloads?