On the morals of genealogy

Jacqueline Stevens*

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The article describes how an intellectual community of those following French trends in the academy have, for the past forty years, been offering a mistaken reading of Friedrich Nietzsche's concept of genealogy. The essay shows how Nietzsche mocks moral psychologists by calling them genealogists, contrasts Nietzsche's work with that of genealogists, and then documents how subsequent academics, encouraged by the work of Gilles Deleuze and, in turn, Michel Foucault, created a revaluation of genealogy's meaning, thereby fetishizing their own scholarly authority.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)558-588
Number of pages31
JournalPolitical Theory
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2003


  • Cultural studies
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Genealogy
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Michel Foucault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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