Digital humanities for history of philosophy: a case study on Nietzsche

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Nietzsche promises to “translate man back into nature,” but it remains unclear what he meant by this and to what extent he succeeded at it. To help come to grips with Nietzsche’s conceptions of drive (Trieb), instinct (Instinkt) and virtue (Tugend), I develop novel Digital Humanities methods to systematically track his use of these terms, constructing a catalogue of what he takes these dispositions to be and how he thinks they are related. I then argue that, for Nietzsche, a virtue is a well-calibrated drive. Such calibration relates both to the rest of the agent’s psychic economy (her other drives) and to her social context (what’s considered praiseworthy and blameworthy in her community).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch methods for the digital humanities
Editorslewis levenberg, Tai Neilson, David Rheams
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319967134
ISBN (Print)9783319967127
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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