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Basic Writings -

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ISBN 10: 025202818X / ISBN 13: 9780252028182
Published by Univ Illinois Press
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Title: Basic Writings -

Publisher: Univ Illinois Press

Binding: Hardcover

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This book contains the first English translations of The Origin of the Moral Sensations and Psychological Observations, the two most important works by the German philosopher Paul Re. These essays present Re's moral philosophy, which influenced the ideas of his close friend Friedrich Nietzsche considerably. Nietzsche scholars have often incorrectly attributed to him arguments and ideas that are Re's and have failed to detect responses to Re's works in Nietzsche's writings. Re's thinking combined two strands: a pessimistic conception of human nature, presented in the French moralists' aphoristic style that would become a mainstay of Nietzsche's own writings, and a theory of morality derived from Darwin's theory of natural selection. Re's moral Darwinism was a central factor prompting Nietzsche to write On the Genealogy of Morals and the groundwork for much of today's Evolutionary Ethics. In an illuminating critical introduction, Robin Small examines Re's life and work, locating his application of evolutionary concepts to morality within a broader history of Darwinism while exploring Re's theoretical and personal relationship with Nietzsche. challenges the myth of Nietzsche as a solitary thinker.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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