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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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Is Evolution Blind?

Is Evolution Blind?

On Nietzsche’s Reception of Darwin

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Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life

Virginia Cano

Fordham University Press

This article analyzes Nietzsche’s critique of Darwin’s mechanism of natural selection. The article evaluates the insights and the shortsightedness of Nietzsche’s reading, arguing that the main contribution of Nietzsche’s dispute with Darwin lays with his claim that a discourse on life must preserve life’s enigmatic character. The challenge is to think life beyond the will to truth that is characteristic of onto-theo-logical perspectives.

Keywords:   Nietzsche, Darwin, Evolution

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