Culture and Economy

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 Economy

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This chapter examines the possibility of overcoming domination by differentiating between two different economic approaches to the animality of the human being which correspond to the contrasting ways of politicizing life in culture and in civilization. It explains that while the economy of civilization represents an exploitative approach to animality, the economy of culture stands for a nonexploitative approach to animality directed toward the pluralization of inherently singular forms of life. Based on the analysis of these economies, this chapter concludes that culture cannot be attained through a politics of domination and exploitation.

Keywords: domination; animality; culture; civilization; pluralization; economies

Chapter.  5518 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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