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"State of Nature, Stages of Society"Enlightenment Conjectural History and Modern Social Discourse$
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Frank Palmeri

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175166

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175166.001.0001

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Darwin, Nietzsche, and the Prehistory of the Human

Darwin, Nietzsche, and the Prehistory of the Human

(p.163) 5 Darwin, Nietzsche, and the Prehistory of the Human
"State of Nature, Stages of Society"

Frank Palmeri

Columbia University Press

Meta-disciplinary thinkers: Outside the emerging disciplines, two important and influential thinkers made use of conjectural form in speculating about the earliest state of society: Darwin brought natural selection to bear on human history, with mixed results, while Nietzsche's genealogical method proved as productive of insights about institutional history as Darwin's was about natural history. Neither acknowledged the influence of the conjectural thinkers.

Keywords:   natural selection, genealogy, race, morality, animal-humans, Darwin, Nietzsche

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