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Nietzsche's genealogy : nihilism and the will to knowledge

Author: Randall Havas
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nietzsche holds that the category of the individual is itself a historical construct. Havas's interpretation of this view dissolves the threat it appears to pose to individualism. By treating genealogical method as a response to this threat, he shows how Nietzsche's defense of individualism, his conception of history, and his commitment to truth reinforce one another. On this reading, Nietzsche's more properly
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Havas, Randall, 1957-
Nietzsche's genealogy.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)607768740
Online version:
Havas, Randall, 1957-
Nietzsche's genealogy.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)624344640
Named Person: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Friedrich Nietzsche; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Friedrich Nietzsche; Friedrich Nietzsche
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Randall Havas
ISBN: 0801429625 9780801429620
OCLC Number: 31517559
Description: xx, 247 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Nihilism and the Will to Knowledge --
1. The Philosophical Significance of Nietzsche's Attack on Socratism. The Birth of Tragedy and the Concept of Culture. The Problem of Socrates. The Concept of Culture: Authority and Obedience. The Question of Aesthetic Justification --
2. Knowledge and Interpretation. The Death of Tragedy and the Rise of the Will to Knowledge. Nietzsche's Conception of Knowledge: The Gay Science, Sections 108-25. Nietzsche's Denial of the Thing-in-Itself. Understanding and Resistance --
3. The Knower's Contribution to the Known. Responsibility and Responsiveness. The Will to Power. Nietzsche's Conception of the Will --
4. The Will to Knowledge. The Gay Science, Section 344: The Character of Our Commitment to Truthfulness. What a Conditional Will to Truth Might Be. Genealogy and Nihilism --
5. The Individual and the Herd. Nietzsche's Critique of Morality. An Animal with the Right to Make Promises. Promising and the Morality of Pity. The Madman. The Unity of Nietzsche's genealogy.
Responsibility: Randall Havas.

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Nietzsche holds that the category of the individual is itself a historical construct. Havas's interpretation of this view dissolves the threat it appears to pose to individualism. By treating genealogical method as a response to this threat, he shows how Nietzsche's defense of individualism, his conception of history, and his commitment to truth reinforce one another. On this reading, Nietzsche's more properly ethical concerns lie at the heart of his understanding of the will to knowledge. Havas argues that, for Nietzsche, ostensibly epistemological questions can be assessed only in the light of an understanding of the interdependence between individual and community.

In this provocative book, Randall Havas articulates an approach to Nietzsche which demonstrates that the authentic individual need not stand apart from his or her culture in order to resist the demands of conformism. On Havas's reading, the task of the Nietzschean individual is instead to replace the illusion of culture - "herd morality"--With real community, and in this way to avoid nihilism. It is such community that Nietzsche aspires to establish with his readers - a claim that, in the author's view, suggests that Nietzsche's conception of the nature of community and, hence, of individuality must be understood in terms of his theory of reading and interpretation.

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