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Nietzsche as a Critic of Genealogical Debunking: Making Room for Naturalism without Subversion

Queloz, Matthieu and Cueni, Damian. (2019) Nietzsche as a Critic of Genealogical Debunking: Making Room for Naturalism without Subversion. The Monist: An International Quarterly Journal of General Philosophical Inquiry, 102 (3). pp. 277-297.

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Abstract

This paper argues that Nietzsche is a critic of just the kind of genealogical debunking he is popularly associated with. We begin by showing that interpretations of Nietzsche which see him as engaging in genealogical debunking turn him into an advocate of nihilism, for on his own premises, any truthful genealogical inquiry into our values is going to uncover what most of his contemporaries deem objectionable origins and thus license global genealogical debunking. To escape nihilism and make room for naturalism without indiscriminate subversion, we then argue, Nietzsche targets the way of thinking about values that permits genealogical debunking: far from trying to subvert values simply by uncovering their origins, Nietzsche is actively criticising genealogical debunking thus understood. Finally, we draw out the consequences of our reading for Nietzsche's positive vision.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement K√ľnste, Medien, Philosophie > Fachbereich Philosophie > Theoretische Philosophie (Wild)
UniBasel Contributors:Queloz, Matthieu
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0026-9662
e-ISSN:2153-3601
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:20 Jun 2019 13:32
Deposited On:20 Jun 2019 13:32

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