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Agon as Analytic, Diagnostic, and Antidote

Agon as Analytic, Diagnostic, and Antidote

(p.15) Chapter One Agon as Analytic, Diagnostic, and Antidote
Contesting Nietzsche
Christa Davis Acampora
University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses how Nietzsche’s interest in history and development led him to focus on the crossover between nature and culture. Nietzsche was greatly influenced by then emerging discussions of evolutionary biology and rapid developments in modern physiology, zoology, and neurology, as well as applications of these ideas in theories of human cultural and social development. He was particularly keen to explore an agonistic relation between the cultural and the biological in the realm of values. It is evident in Nietzsche’s work that he did not subscribe to the notion that values are products of human creativity and ingenuity that develop historically and are preserved and transmitted culturally. This does not make them any less real, however, since how we hold such values has immense consequences on a grand scale. Some values are enduring, such as the value of truth, while others are relatively fleeting and rare.

Keywords:   history, development, nature, culture, evolutionary biology, modern physiology, zoology, neurology

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