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date: 26 February 2020

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When Nietzsche’s discussions of racial issues are read in historical context, many of the attempts by recent scholars to try to exonerate him of racism turn out to be less persuasive than they first appeared to be. Remarks that are often presented as transgressive can be shown to be relatively commonplace. Furthermore, his defenses of slavery and of colonialism deserve more critical attention than they have been given. Those scholars who judge that Nietzsche was, considered by the standards of his day, largely favorable to the Jews are correct, but these same scholars need to be challenged when they overlook or try to minimize his antiblack racism.

Keywords: Friedrich Nietzsche, slavery, colonialism, antisemitism, antiblack racism

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