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Nietzsche’s Philosophical Physiology

  • Razvan IoanEmail author
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Abstract

Nietzsche seeks, through the turn to the body, to uncover a path towards empowerment and life-affirmation through a critique of metaphysics and morality and their manifestations in décadence and nihilism. This chapter presents a discussion of the content of Nietzsche’s turn to the body, beginning with the conceptual structure of his philosophical physiology. My thesis is that the turn to the body has three functions: interpretative, diagnostic, and normative. This chapter ends with an argument that Nietzsche’s physiology must be understood as a philosophical physiology, and rebuts the accusation that he abandons philosophy for natural science. Contra Heidegger, I argue that this can be done without having to understand Nietzsche’s philosophy as metaphysics.

Keywords

Nietzsche Physiology Naturalization Nihilism Heidegger 

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  1. 1.Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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