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Nietzsche on Jewry, Degeneration, and Related Topics: Response to Ken Gemes

Nietzsche on Jewry, Degeneration, and Related Topics: Response to Ken Gemes <p>Abstract:</p><p>Ken Gemes&apos;s "The Biology of Evil" makes significant advances over previous discussions in its recognition of the centrality of the Jews in Nietzsche&apos;s account of the rise of slave morality, and in its differentiation between Nietzsche&apos;s virulent opposition to the anti-Semitic movements of his era and his embrace of prejudice regarding Jews and Jewry. There are three areas in which his claims are deficient, however. He does not realize Nietzsche&apos;s lifelong interest in the contemporary Jewish Question in Germany. He disregards Nietzsche&apos;s avid interest in eugenics and eugenic solutions in the discussion of degeneration; Nietzsche knew the works of Francis Galton and others, and he himself wrote explicitly about positive and negative eugenics. Finally, Gemes believes Nietzsche advocated a mixture of slave and master morality, while it is clear from his rhetoric and his substantive remarks that he envisions no harmony of these two antagonistic value systems.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Nietzsche on Jewry, Degeneration, and Related Topics: Response to Ken Gemes

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 52 (1) – Apr 20, 2021

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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>Ken Gemes&apos;s "The Biology of Evil" makes significant advances over previous discussions in its recognition of the centrality of the Jews in Nietzsche&apos;s account of the rise of slave morality, and in its differentiation between Nietzsche&apos;s virulent opposition to the anti-Semitic movements of his era and his embrace of prejudice regarding Jews and Jewry. There are three areas in which his claims are deficient, however. He does not realize Nietzsche&apos;s lifelong interest in the contemporary Jewish Question in Germany. He disregards Nietzsche&apos;s avid interest in eugenics and eugenic solutions in the discussion of degeneration; Nietzsche knew the works of Francis Galton and others, and he himself wrote explicitly about positive and negative eugenics. Finally, Gemes believes Nietzsche advocated a mixture of slave and master morality, while it is clear from his rhetoric and his substantive remarks that he envisions no harmony of these two antagonistic value systems.</p>

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Apr 20, 2021

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