© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/187226308X335976 Journal of the Philosophy of History 2 (2008) 295–314 www.brill.nl/jph Understanding Genealogy: History, Power, and the Self * Martin Saar Institute for Political Science, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract Th e aim of this article is to clarify the relation between genealogy and history and to suggest a methodological reading of Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals . I try to determine genealogy’s speciﬁ c range of objects, speciﬁ c mode of explication, and speciﬁ c textual form. Genealogies in general can be thought of as drastic narratives of the emergence and transformations of forms of subjectivity related to power, told with the intention to induce doubt and self-reﬂ ection in exactly those readers whose (collective) history is narrated. Th e main interest in understanding the con- cept of genealogy and revisiting Nietzsche’s introduction of it into philosophy lies in understanding how a certain way of writing and a certain textual practice func- tion that successfully call into question current judgments, institutions and prac- tices. Nietzsche’s example, I argue, can provide a paradigm for a critical practice that accounts for historical processes of subject formation in terms
Journal of the Philosophy of History – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: NIETZSCHE; SUBJECT; POWER; GENEALOGY; FOUCAULT; CRITIQUE
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