Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor [Book Review]

Review of Metaphysics 57 (1):162-164 (2003)
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—The main claim of this book is that if we situate Nietzsche’s thought within the historical context of nineteenth-century theories of evolution and degeneration, our comprehension of Nietzsche will significantly improve. Moore begins by questioning Heidegger’s dismissal of Nietzsche’s “alleged biologism.” He contends that Heideggerian approaches not only rest upon a false dichotomy between the metaphysical and the biological, but that they also can never make sense of “why Nietzsche mobilizes a wide array of biological metaphors, and from an early stage in his intellectual development, consistently situates his thought within the dominant discourse of the second half of the nineteenth century”.

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