Politics and Promise

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

Politics and Promise

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This chapter discusses the possibility of overcoming domination as it is articulated by the promise of the sovereign individual. It argues that through the figure of the sovereign individual, Friedrich Nietzsche proposes an idea of freedom as responsibility that inherently concerns the political life of human animals. This interpretation of Nietzsche as a political philosopher is based on the idea that the antagonism of human and animal life is the primary feature of human development.

Keywords: domination; sovereign individual; political life; human animals; human development

Chapter.  7583 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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