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While Nietzsche’s writings of the late 1880s reveal waxing interests in Hinduism, Sanskrit philology, Aryan culture, and the related Indo-European hypothesis, these interests have been remarkably understudied by Nietzsche scholarship, with the exception of a scant few articles that have recently appeared. The presence of the aforementioned topics was crucial for the configuration of the works written in 1887 and 1888: On the Genealogy of Morality, The Twilight of the Idols, and The Antichrist, as well as for some of the notions at hand in Nietzsche’s correspondence with Heinrich Köselitz, but the provenance of the ideas that codetermined those works and generated their philosophies has never been properly examined. It is imperative to analyze and interpret Nietzsche’s sources and his reception and development of them, in order to better understand the texts of one of the most complex and innovative philosophers of the nineteenth century. This study is itself a genealogy that offers an account of the etiology of some of the highly salient and fundamental aspects of Nietzsche’s work of the period in question, such as the concepts of Jewish and Christian morality and psychology, Aryan ideology, miscegenation, the caste system, and the figure of the outcast (Chandala), as well as the idea of the human as the measurer, which also offers a curious epistemological excursus on the nature of human thought.

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DOI: 10.5840/newnietzsche2005/20066/73/4/1/214

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Bonfiglio, Thomas Paul. "Toward a Genealogy of Aryan Morality: Nietzsche and Jacolliot." New Nietzsche Studies 6/7, no. 3-4/1-2 (2005/2006): 170-184. 10.5840/newnietzsche2005/20066/73/4/1/214.