Ecce Homo: Philosophical Autobiography in the Flesh

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Abstract

This essay argues that in Ecce Homo, Nietzsche engages critically with philosophical methodology as a part of his wider interest in the transvaluation of all values. It shows that Nietzsche’s remarks in the text are commensurate with his wider critical engagement with philosophical methodology in texts such as The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, and On the Genealogy of Morals. The advantage of reading the text as philosophical autobiography, this essay suggests, is that it helps us to appreciate that Ecce Homo offers a performative critique of philosophical methodology that prizes pure rationality at the expense of embodiment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNietzsche's "Ecce Homo"
EditorsNicholas Martin, Duncan Large
Place of PublicationBerlin/New York
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
Pages91-114
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783110246551
ISBN (Print)9783110246544
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2020

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