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Nietzsche's New Darwinism
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Nietzsche's New Darwinism

John Richardson


Nietzsche wrote in a scientific culture transformed by Darwin. He read extensively in German and about British Darwinists, and his own works dealt often with such obvious Darwinian themes as struggle and evolution. Yet most of what Nietzsche said about Darwin was hostile: he sharply attacked many of his ideas, and often slurred Darwin himself as mediocre, so most readers of Nietzsche have inferred that he must have cast Darwin quite aside. But in fact, this book argues, Nietzsche was deeply and pervasively influenced by Darwin. He stressed his disagreements, but was silent about several core p ... More

Keywords: Nietzsche, British Darwinists, Darwin, struggle, evolution, Darwinian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195171037
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195171039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Richardson, author
New York University
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