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Beyond Selflessness: Reading Nietzsche's Genealogy

Christopher Janaway


This book presents a full commentary on Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morality and combines close reading of key passages with an overview of Nietzsche's wider aims. It argues that Nietzsche's practice of genealogy pursues psychological and historical truths concerning the origins of modern moral values, but also emphasizes the significance of his rhetorical methods as an instrument of persuasion. Nietzsche's outlook is broadly one of naturalism, but he is critical of typical scientific and philosophical methods for their advocacy of impersonality and suppression of the affects. Nietzsche's ... More

Keywords: affects, genealogy, morality, naturalism, perspectivism, Paul Rée, rhetorical methods, Schopenhauer, selflessness, values

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Janaway, author
University of Southampton
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