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Bernd Magnus Lecture: Ken Gemes (Birkbeck College, University of London)

March 7 @ 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Title: The Biology of Evil: Nietzsche on Entartung and Verjüdung (Degeneration and Jewification)

The lecture aims to examine how Nietzsche uses some of the tropes and rhetoric of 19th century degeneration theory, and how he attempts a new interpretation of those tropes. In also examines Nietzsche’s rather ambiguous place in the related rhetoric of Verjüdung (Jewification) and shows how here again he takes an idiosyncratic and nuanced approach.  Understanding his idiosyncratic use of the rhetoric of Verjüdung will help us explain the originality in his use of the notion of degeneration. To get a more focused picture of the importance of the notion of degeneration in Nietzsche work we will have to say something about Nietzsche’s concept of sickness, health and great health (grosse Gesundheit).


March 7
3:10 pm - 5:00 pm


HMNSS 1500