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Morality as Cure and Poison in Nietzsche’s Genealogy

Morality as Cure and Poison in Nietzsche’s Genealogy <p>Abstract:</p><p>Nietzsche argues in the <i>Genealogy of Morality</i> (<i>GM</i>) that key aspects of modern European morality arose as “cures” for widespread human sickness but are ultimately making us sicker (“poisoning” us). This article provides a systematic overview of how Nietzsche believes morality has functioned as a cure and poison for European humanity. Drawing on my own previous work on Nietzsche’s concept of health, I sketch an overview of the (1) sickness(es), (2) treatments, and (3) pathogeneses discussed in each of the three treatises in terms of a single (and plausible) concept of health. The result is a systematic interpretive overview of the core polemical argument in <i>GM</i>.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Morality as Cure and Poison in Nietzsche’s Genealogy

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 53 (1) – Mar 15, 2022

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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>Nietzsche argues in the <i>Genealogy of Morality</i> (<i>GM</i>) that key aspects of modern European morality arose as “cures” for widespread human sickness but are ultimately making us sicker (“poisoning” us). This article provides a systematic overview of how Nietzsche believes morality has functioned as a cure and poison for European humanity. Drawing on my own previous work on Nietzsche’s concept of health, I sketch an overview of the (1) sickness(es), (2) treatments, and (3) pathogeneses discussed in each of the three treatises in terms of a single (and plausible) concept of health. The result is a systematic interpretive overview of the core polemical argument in <i>GM</i>.</p>

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Mar 15, 2022

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