Animality, Creativity, and Historicity

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

Animality, Creativity, and             Historicity

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This chapter re-evaluates the importance of human animality and animal forgetfulness in Friedrich Nietzsche's conception of history and historiography. It argues that the novelty of Nietzsche's history essay is grounded on the thesis that animal forgetfulness is prior to and more primordial than human memory. This led to a change in the conception of historiography as a work of art concerned with interpretations rather than factual representation of the past. This, in turn, led Nietzsche to add new prefaces to his original book edition during the period from 1886 to 1888.

Keywords: human animality; animal forgetfulness; human memory; historiography; history

Chapter.  11115 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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