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The Path to Philosophy in On the Genealogy of Morality and Human, All Too Human

The Path to Philosophy in On the Genealogy of Morality and Human, All Too Human

Chapter:
(p.21) Chapter 1 The Path to Philosophy in On the Genealogy of Morality and Human, All Too Human
Source:
The Challenge of Nietzsche
Author(s):
Jeremy Fortier
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226679426.003.0002

According to Nietzsche, philosophy is characterized by a drive to maximal individual independence, yet philosophers inevitably begin by over-estimating their independence. Nietzsche applies this principle to his own development as an author and human being: in one of his late works (On the Genealogy of Morality) he shows how one of his earlier publications (Human, All Too Human) exhibited the characteristic error of philosophers. Through this self-criticism, Nietzsche is able to clarify and refine his understanding of the relationship between individual and community, with regard not only to his own case (or to the case of philosophers more generally), but with regard to all human life.

Keywords:   self-knowledge, individual, community, philosophy, science versus religion, Nietzsche's development

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