1st Edition

The Metaphysics of Race Science and Faith in the Nazi Worldview

By Amit Varshizky Copyright 2025
    268 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book seeks to reframe debates on the conflicting scientific and spiritual traditions that underpinned Nazi worldview, and shows how  despite the multitude of tensions and rivals among its adherents, it provided a coherent conceptual grid and possessed its own philosophical consistency. 

    Drawing on a large variety of works, the volume offers insights into the intellectual climate that allowed the radical ideology of National Socialism to take hold. It examines the emergence of nuanced conceptions of race in interwar Germany and the pursuit of a new ethical and existential fulcrum in biology. Accordingly, the volume calls for a re-examination of the place of genetics in Nazi racial thought, drawing attention to the multi-register voices within the framework of interwar racial theory. Varshizky explores the ways in which these ideas provided new justifications for the Nazi revolutionary enterprise and blurred the distinction between fact and value, knowledge and faith, the secular and the sacred, and how they allowed Nazi thinkers to bounce across these epistemological divisions.

    This volume will be of interest to scholars of Nazi Germany and World War II, intellectual and cultural history, the history of science, and the philosophy of religion.


    Part 1: The Foundations

    Part 2: Man

    Part 3: World

    Part 4: God



    Amit Varshizky is an Israeli-born historian, novelist and essayist who lives in Berlin. He holds a PhD from the School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University and has lectured at various academic institutions in Israel and Germany. He held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and previously was a Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.