Anti-Nietzsche

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Verso Books, Oct 24, 2011 - Philosophy - 212 pages

A provocative intellectual assault on the iconic philosopher.

Nietzsche, the philosopher seemingly opposed to everyone, has met with remarkably little opposition himself. He remains what he wanted to be— the limit-philosopher of a modernity that never ends. In this provocative, sometimes disturbing book, Bull argues that merely to reject Nietzsche is not to escape his lure. He seduces by appealing to our desire for victory, our creativity, our humanity. Only by ‘reading like a loser’ and failing to live up to his ideals can we move beyond Nietzsche to a still more radical revaluation of all values—a subhumanism that expands the boundaries of society until we are left with less than nothing in common.

Anti-Nietzsche is a subtle and subversive engagement with Nietzsche and his twentieth-century interpreters—Heidegger, Vattimo, Nancy, and Agamben. Written with economy and clarity, it shows how a politics of failure might change what it means to be human.

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Contents

1 Philistinism
1
2 AntiNietzsche
27
3 Negative Ecologies
55
4 Subhumanism
79
5 Excommunication
105
6 CounterInterest
129
7 The Great Beast
153
Abbreviations
176
Notes
177
Index
205
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About the author (2011)

Malcolm Bull is a theorist and art historian who teaches at Oxford. His books include Seeing Things Hidden, The Mirror of the Gods, and Anti-Nietzsche. He is on the editorial board of New Left Review and writes for the London Review of Books.

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