Anti-Nietzsche by Malcolm Bull

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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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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.
Published September 1, 2011 by Verso. 256 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy, History. Non-fiction

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London School of Economics

Thus he argues, with Nietzsche, that sense and non-sense are determined by demography and ecology (67–70) but, against Nietzsche, that it may be a matter of time before both sense and non-sense finally disappear into the abyss which Zarathustra had famously warned to be yawning beneath man, that ...

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London School of Economics

The difficulty here is not just that, in the age of technology, biopolitics, and immaterial labour, Nietzsche may have become an icon no longer able to liberate sufficient critical energies but, even more problematically, that Nietzsche may have become only such an icon.

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