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Nietzsche’s Misogyny

Maudemarie Clark

in Nietzsche on Ethics and Politics

Published in print March 2015 | ISBN: 9780199371846
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199371860 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371846.003.0008
Nietzsche’s Misogyny

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This chapter rejects an interpretation of Nietzsche suggesting that he is against the liberation of women. It looks at Nietzsche’s most extended piece of writing on woman or women, the second half of Part Seven of Beyond Good and Evil. It argues that if we read it carefully, we can see that Nietzsche is not making the claims he seems to be making about women. The misogyny exhibited there is on the level of sentiment, not belief, and it is used by Nietzsche to illustrate points he is trying to make about philosophy and the will to truth. Chapter VII of Beyond Good and Evil's comments on feminism should be interpreted not as a rejection of feminism, but as a challenge to feminists to exhibit virtues comparable to what Nietzsche exhibits in dealing with his misogyny. Beyond Good and Evil VII's comments on feminism should be interpreted not as a rejection of feminism, but as a challenge to feminists to exhibit virtues comparable to what Nietzsche exhibits in dealing with his misogyny.

Keywords: women’s liberation; misogyny; feminists; feminism

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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