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date: 15 August 2020

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This article analyzes Nietzsche’s notion of “order of rank.” It identifies five interpretations of order of rank: Natural Aristocracy, Mythic Archaism, Political, Anthropological, and Transcendental, and then argues that it is the Transcendental that is fundamental for Nietzsche. Only the Transcendental interpretation can account for several of Nietzsche’s claims about order of rank: that it is “problematic,” constructed, processual, primarily important to “the human type” rather than to various fixed types, and intrinsically social in nature.

Keywords: order of rank, Friedrich Nietzsche, Natural Aristocracy, Mythic Archaism, Political, Anthropological, Transcendental

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