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Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy

Vanessa Lemm

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230273
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235469 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230273.001.0001

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy

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This book explores the significance of human animality in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and provides a systematic treatment of the animal theme in Nietzsche's corpus as a whole. The book argues that the animal is neither a random theme nor a metaphorical device in Nietzsche's thought. Instead, it stands at the center of his renewal of the practice and meaning of philosophy itself. The book provides an original contribution to on-going debates on the essence of humanism and its future. At the center of this new interpretation stands Nietzsche's thesis that animal life and its potential for truth, history, and morality depends on a continuous antagonism between forgetfulness (animality) and memory (humanity). This relationship accounts for the emergence of humanity out of animality as a function of the antagonism between civilization and culture. By taking the antagonism of culture and civilization to be fundamental for Nietzsche's conception of humanity and its becoming, this book gives a new entry point into the political significance of Nietzsche's thought. The opposition between civilization and culture allows for the possibility that politics is more than a set of civilizational techniques that seek to manipulate, dominate, and exclude the animality of the human animal. By seeing the deep-seated connections of politics with culture, Nietzsche orients politics beyond the domination over life and, instead, offers the animality of the human being a positive, creative role in the organization of life. This book presents Nietzsche as the thinker of an emancipatory and affirmative biopolitics.

Keywords: human animality; Friedrich Nietzsche; humanism; truth; history; morality; forgetfulness; memory

Book.  256 pages. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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Introduction in Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy

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Culture and Civilization in Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy

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Politics and Promise in Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy

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Culture and Economy in Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy

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Giving and Forgiving in Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy

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Animality, Language, and Truth in Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy

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