Nietzsche’s overcoming of humanism : the deanthropomorphization of nature and the renaturalization of human being

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2014
Kuldaşlı, Reha
In this MA thesis, I will investigate Nietzsche's overcoming of humanism, i.e., his critique of anthropocentric and anthropomorphic interpretations of existence in the context of his grand project of the transvaluation of all values. I will problematize humanism with respect to the Nietzschean notions of will to power, nihilism, and evaluative thinking in an attempt to show its shortcomings from a Nietzschean perspective. Then, I will attempt to offer a reading of Nietzsche's reinterpretation of nature in terms of the will to power as a radical multiplicity that exceeds humanistic interpretations and investigate Nietzsche's conception of the human being with respect to his physiological and genealogical analyses that emphasize the human being as a multiplicity of unconscious drives. Finally, I will discuss to what extent Nietzsche's critique of humanism, which consists in the deanthropomorphization of nature and the renaturalization of human being, constitutes an overcoming of humanism.

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R. Kuldaşlı, “Nietzsche’s overcoming of humanism : the deanthropomorphization of nature and the renaturalization of human being,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.