Nietzsche: Through the Lens of Purity

Duschinsky, Robbie (2011) Nietzsche: Through the Lens of Purity. The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, 41 (1). pp. 50-64. ISSN 1538-4594

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In remarks scattered across his corpus of writings, Nietzsche offers a fascinating analysis of the theme of purity. In this article I systematize these fragments into a genealogy and draw out conclusions relevant to philosophy and cultural criticism. Nietzsche argues that the Christian use of purity, as both an ideal and a means of achieving self-martyrdom of the will, has been retained in modern Western culture. He is generally quite skeptical of purity, considering it to be tightly associated with dominating and mediocratic social institutions. However, he also sees potential for purity to help bring about an escape from these systems of social control.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nietzsche
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2011 15:15
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 14:37

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