Nietzsche : the Third-Wave Feminist

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Title: Nietzsche : the Third-Wave Feminist
Author: Briggs, Alison
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Philosophy
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
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Issue Date: 2004
Abstract: Nietzsche's caustic remarks about women have frequently been avoided entirely or written off as a personal misogyny that is irrelevant to his greater philosophical projects (such as a genealogy of morals, explication of the will to power, investigation into a philosophy of the future, etc.). While unpacking the meaning of the figure of woman in Nietzsche's texts is not a skeleton key to understanding all of Nietzsche's meanings, it is extremely relevant. For those who have taken a more critical approach to the figure of woman, a myriad of interpretations emerge. My project is not to hyper-analyze Nietzsche's every single reference to women or to come to a definitive conclusion about whether or not his texts are genuinely sexist, nor to speculate about whether Friedrich Nietzsche, the person, was a misogynist - although the interpretations which I entertain are primarily those which reject the absolute misogyny in Nietzsche's use of the figure of woman. My project is twofold: (1) to reach a more critical understanding of what Nietzsche has to say about women insofar as this applies to interpreting his remarks about feminism and truth, and (2) to exploit his anti-essentialism (as a facet of Nietzsche's overall philosophy) in order to demonstrate its relevance to contemporary feminist philosophy.
Subject: Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900 -- Views on femininity
Subject: Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900 -- Contributions in feminism
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