Giving and Forgiving

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

Giving and Forgiving

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This chapter argues that Friedrich Nietzsche's rejection of Christianity is motivated by an idea of justice which has its source in the practice of gift-giving. It states that the double failure that Nietzsche detects in the Christian practice of giving and forgiveness results from denying the animality of the human being a productive role in the constitution of forms of sociability. This chapter contends that animal forgetfulness is indispensable in breaking the cycle of revenge and in establishing relationships which respect both the freedom and differences of others.

Keywords: Friedrich Nietzsche; Christianity; justice; gifts; forgiveness; sociability; animal forgetfulness

Chapter.  10834 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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