Culture and Civilization

Vanessa Lemm

in Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230273
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235469 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Culture and Civilization

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This chapter examines the openness of human life to the horizon of becoming through an analysis of the competition between culture and civilization. Nietzsche's puts forth a criticism of civilization that does not imply a “return to nature” but is oriented toward a cultivation of animality. He conceives the process of civilization as a process of moral and rational improvement of the human being which does not cultivate animal life but extirpates and oppresses it. On the other hand, Nietzsche believes that the challenge of culture in civilization is to bring forth forms of life and thought which are not forms of power over animal life.

Keywords: horizon of becoming; culture; civilization; oppression; animal life

Chapter.  8666 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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