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date: 01 December 2020

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In his contribution, the author discusses the deep and surprising similarities between the philosophies of David Hume and Friedrich Nietzsche. The author argues that these stem from their shared conception of naturalism. Their naturalism is primarily an explanatory one and primarily aimed at explaining human thought and practice. In Nietzsche, this form of naturalism is expressed in his adoption of a genealogical approach to various topics, most famously that of morality. The author shows that Hume’s naturalism is similarly genealogical. The author also argues that their conceptions of morality and the self are closer than popular images of the two philosophers might have it.

Keywords: Naturalism, genealogy, morality, self, Christianity, freedom

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