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<i>Nietzsche's Retreat from Réealism</i>

Robin Small

in Nietzsche and Rée

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278077
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199278075.003.0007
Nietzsche's Retreat from Réealism

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Nietzsche’s allegiance to Rée’s theories was never complete—the moral psychology found in Human, All-Too-Human resembles Rée’s and yet shows differences in some important areas, such as its account of religious experience. A re-emergence of Nietzsche’s individuality and originality is identifiable in the further books that begin with Daybreak. His views on the origin of society were strongly influenced by Walter Bagehot, who asserted the materiality of social discipline and the importance of a ‘herd instinct’. This emphasis makes Nietzsche’s version of evolutionary thought far closer to Darwin’s than Rée’s theory had been.

Keywords: altruism; causality; egoism; epistemology; good and evil; herd instinct; moral psychology; origin of society; religious experience; truth

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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