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By Christa Davis Acampora

ISBN-10: 0742514277

ISBN-13: 9780742514270

Encouraged by way of the traditional and medieval style, A Nietzschean Bestiary gathers essays treating the main shiny and energetic animal photos in a single of the philosophic tradition's maximum our bodies of labor. major students deal with particular animals--such because the prowling beast of prey, Zarathustra's giggling lions, and the infamous blond beast--to ingeniously display how those creatures play a popular function within the improvement of Nietzsche's philosophy. quite a few essays discover the character of human animality and our relationships to different animals. members shed new mild on Nietzsche's perception of strength, freedom, and that means. examine instruments, together with discussions of Nietzsche's impression on vital twentieth-century philosophers and the main huge index of animal references in Nietzsche's corpus, make this a necessary quantity for students and scholars alike.

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Ape Experiments must be performed for thousands of years! Apes must be brought up [erziehen) to be human beings! (KSA 9: 1 1 [1 77) ) Note the "false order of rank" that Nietzsche seems to presuppose here: human beings are "higher" organisms, and apes, if not necessarily the "low­ est," are undoubtedly lower on the natural hierarchy. Now admittedly, Nietz­ sche's naturalism by no means undermines the very possibility of rank­ ordering altogether; indeed, if it were thoroughly non-hierarchical, even with regard to different human types, it would leave his own proclamations and evaluations bereft of any normative leverage whatsoever.

Likewise the genesis of higher organisms out of the lowest ones. , Ape Experiments must be performed for thousands of years! Apes must be brought up [erziehen) to be human beings! (KSA 9: 1 1 [1 77) ) Note the "false order of rank" that Nietzsche seems to presuppose here: human beings are "higher" organisms, and apes, if not necessarily the "low­ est," are undoubtedly lower on the natural hierarchy. Now admittedly, Nietz­ sche's naturalism by no means undermines the very possibility of rank­ ordering altogether; indeed, if it were thoroughly non-hierarchical, even with regard to different human types, it would leave his own proclamations and evaluations bereft of any normative leverage whatsoever.

18. See Kaufmann's comments in his translation of GM ( 1 2) and in The Portable Nietz­ sche ( 1 16). 19. , Zarathustra's dictum, "I must go under" (Z:P l ) . 20. Twilight/Anti-Christ, appendix F, 1 96. Hollingdale goes on t o formulate a criterion of Nietzschean value thus: "everything good proceeds from sublimated 'will-to-power,' everything bad from the absence of this 'will' or the absence of sublimation" ( 1 96). This formula would devalue any pure humanization ( lacking all primal animal urges), yet it also rules out the sociopathic or psychopathic personage from Obermensch status.

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