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Schwendtner, T.
The Genealogy of Nietzsche – From a Phenomenological Perspective
(2022) Philobiblon, 27 (1), pp. 145-174.

DOI: 10.26424/philobib.2022.27.1.07

According to Foucault, the purpose of the Nietzschean genealogy is not to “restore an unbroken continuity”, on the contrary, it is to show dispersion, error, accident, “to follow the complex course of descent”. Contrary to this view, the present study emphasises that Nietzsche’s genealogy, cannot be seen as reconstructions of fragmented little stories, but a large-scale experiment that tells the transcendental history of European humanity, while employing a pluralistic diversity of approaches, primarily the naturalist-psychologist and the metaphysical-historico-philosophical perspective. Nietzsche gave a psychologist explanation of how man became a metaphysical being.

Author Keywords
Foucault; Genealogy; morality; Nietzsche; phenomenology; transcendental history

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