Nietzsches Language of Biology and its Significance for a Positive Ethics
- Yavnik, Elif
- [University Park, Pennsylvania] : Pennsylvania State University, 2018.
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- Bernasconi, Robert
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- Restricted (Penn State Only).
- This study is a contribution to the ongoing discussions on Nietzsches ethical naturalism. It engages with feminist (including Luce Irigaray, Kelly Oliver, and Kristen Browns), analytic (including Brian Leiter, Christopher Janaway, and Richard Schachts), and continental (including Keith Ansell-Pearson and Babette Babichs) readings, as well as with historical research into Nietzsches involvement with contemporary life sciences. Giving a close reading of the Genealogy of Morals, it argues that Nietzsches naturalism and positive ethics ought to be viewed through the perspective of his biological language. Analysis of how Nietzsches biological language understands biology and morality as permeable and co-constitutive without reducing one to the other, combined with his criticism of sciences for fundamentally upholding an ascetic ideal, constitutes grounds on which a novel practice of ethics may be conceived. This provides a novel framework to tackle contemporary debates around transhumanism and genetic engineering.
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- Dissertation Note:
- Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University 2018.
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