By Malcolm Bull

ISBN-10: 1781683166

ISBN-13: 9781781683163

Nietzsche, the thinker doubtless against everybody, has met with remarkably little competition himself. He is still what he desired to be— the limit-philosopher of a modernity that by no means ends. during this provocative, occasionally anxious booklet, Bull argues that simply to reject Nietzsche isn't really to flee his entice. He seduces via beautiful to our wish for victory, our creativity, our humanity. purely through ‘reading like a loser’ and failing to dwell as much as his beliefs do we circulate past Nietzsche to a nonetheless extra radical revaluation of all values—a subhumanism that expands the limits of society until eventually we're left with under not anything in universal.

Anti-Nietzsche is a refined and subversive engagement with Nietzsche and his twentieth-century interpreters—Heidegger, Vattimo, Nancy, and Agamben. Written with economic system and readability, it exhibits how a politics of failure could switch what it capability to be human.


"A nice concept scan ... an remarkable name to fingers (or to disarm)" — T.J. Clark

“A stimulating and pleasant book...Anti-Nietzsche is captivating, yet Bull’s argument can also be refined and deep”—Times Literary Supplement

“Seven witty, erudite, and hugely stylized chapters. Recommended.”—CHOICE

“Anti-Nietzsche pursues Nietzsche’s common sense yet pulls out the entire stops.”—The New Inquiry

“The breadth and intensity of Bull’s scholarship are ... tremendously impressive.”—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

“Bull is a wonderful author of philosophical prose... it really is difficult to disclaim the arrogance of his considering, or the seductive strength of his writing”—Times greater Education

“Bull’s publication merits realization either as a scholarly engagement with continental philosophy and political thought, and as a not easy intervention into modern left politics.”—Socialism and Democracy

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14 Introduction •ifically through the freedom of a particular second, third, or fourth on That I must restrict myself specifically in relation to these articular human beings derives from the fact that I live in community oecifically with them; but I live in community specifically with them as r e s u lt of my free decision, not through any obligation. Applied to the civil contract, this means it is originally up to the free and arbitrary choice of every individual to determine whether he wants to live in this particular state or not, although if he wants to live among other human beings at all, then it is not up to his arbitrary choice to determine whether he enters into a state, or whether he wants to remain his own judge; but, just as he expresses his will to enter into a particular state and just as he is accepted into such a state, so he is, by virtue of this simple, reciprocal declaration, subjected without further ado to all the limitations that the law of right requires for this group of human beings; by virtue of the words, "I want to live in this state," he has accepted all the laws of that state.

The discovery of the concept in \hei\ the object was a product of philosophical genius; that is, it required the talent of finding, in and during the acting itself, not only that which emerges in the acting, but also the acting as such, as well as the talent of uniting these completely opposed directions within one act of comprehension and thus grasping one's own mind in its action. In this way, the sphere of consciousness gained a new territory. (9) Those men of philosophical spirit made their discoveries known.

But if it is to be thought, how - through what concept, through what determinate mode of acting - is it thought? It turns out that, in thought, each member of the community lets his own external freedom be limited through inner freedom, so that all others beside him can also be externally free. This is the concept of right. e. if one asks, in accordance with what principles could a community among free beings as such be established if someone wanted to establish one, the answer would have to be: in accordance with the concept of right.

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