On the morals of genealogy

Jacqueline Stevens*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The article describes how an intellectual community of those following French trends in the academy have,for the pastforty years, been affering amistaken 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)
Title of host publicationFriedrich Nietzsche
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781351935630
ISBN (Print)9780754625896
StatePublished - May 15 2017
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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