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Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life$
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Vanessa Lemm

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823262861

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823262861.001.0001

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Nietzsche, Nature, and the affirmation of Life

Nietzsche, Nature, and the affirmation of Life

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Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life

Lawrence J. Hatab

Fordham University Press

In this paper I address the way in which Nietzsche conceives nature and life, in order to challenge that claim that Nietzsche’s «naturalism» is a version of scientific naturalism. After outlining Nietzsche’s naturalistic alternative to Western metaphysics, I discuss the historical variations in the very concepts of «nature» and the «natural». I then examine will to power, agonistics, and Nietzsche’s appropriation of early Greek culture (with special emphasis on tragedy) to show that nature, for Nietzsche, is a primal life force that even science suppresses, and that must be engaged if we are to truly come to terms with life. In other words, I aim to show that Nietzsche’s naturalism is thoroughly animated by his call for the affirmation of life.

Keywords:   Nietzsche, Nature, Life, Affirmation

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