Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor

Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor

This study explores the German philosopher's response to the intellectual debates sparked by the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species. By examining the abundance of biological metaphors in Nietzsche's writings, Gregory Moore questions his recent reputation as an eminently subversive and post modern thinker. The book analyzes key themes of Nietzsche's thought--his critique of morality, his philosophy of art and the Übermensch--in the light of the theory of evolution, the nineteenth-century sense of decadence and the rise of anti-Semitism.


"Moore offers the first detailed examination in English of Niezsche's knowledge of and response to 19th-century debates surrounding evolutionary theory.... This book should be a part of every academic library. It will interest students and scholars of Nietzsche, German culture, 19th-century intellectual history, and the history of science. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty." Choice

'Deeply researched and closely argued, dispassionately and lucidly written, and skilfully integrating an extraordinary quantity of recondite primary materials, this book is a landmark in Nietzsche studies and an exemplary work of intellectual history.' Journal of European Studies

'I found Moore's book of considerable interest …' History of Political Thought

'This is an excellent scholarly work that is essential to anyone interested in Nietzsche's cultural milieu and the intellectual influences on his work.' European Journal of English Studies

'This is one of the best products of the 'new historical' school of Nietzsche interpretation. This book overlaps with recent work on Nietzsche's relation to Darwinism but raises many broader issues. ... Neitschze, Biology and Metaphor makes a new and valuable contribution to our understanding of Friedrich Neitzsche.' British Journal for the History of Philosophy