A Nietzschean Bestiary: Becoming Animal Beyond Docile and by Christa Davis Acampora

By Christa Davis Acampora

Encouraged by way of the traditional and medieval style, A Nietzschean Bestiary gathers essays treating the main vibrant and vigorous animal pictures in a single of the philosophic tradition's maximum our bodies of labor. top students deal with particular animals--such because the prowling beast of prey, Zarathustra's guffawing lions, and the infamous blond beast--to ingeniously exhibit how those creatures play a admired position within the improvement of Nietzsche's philosophy. a number of essays discover the character of human animality and our relationships to different animals. participants shed new gentle on Nietzsche's notion of strength, freedom, and that means. examine instruments, together with discussions of Nietzsche's effect on very important twentieth-century philosophers and the main wide index of animal references in Nietzsche's corpus, make this a vital quantity for students and scholars alike.

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7 Assuming that human beings would in most respects be at a disadvantage with regard to the first two criteria,8 might the last one be used to salvage Platonic and Christian presumptions of human superior­ ity? Even this seems dubious on Nietzschean grounds: [T)he human being as a species does not represent any progress compared with any other animal. The whole animal and vegetable kingdom does not evolve from the lower to the higher-but all at the same time, in utter disorder, over and against each other.

Tauber, Confessions of a Medicine Man (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999), 44. 6. T. J. Reed, "Nietzsche's Animals: Idea, Image and Influence," in Nietzsche: Imagery and Thought, ed. M. Pasley (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978), section 1 , esp. 1 60f. 7 . Margot Norris, Beasts of the Modem Imagination: Darwin, Nietzsche, Kafka, Ernst, and Lawrence (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press), 22. 8. C. U. M. Smith, " 'Clever Beasts Who Invented Knowing': Nietzsche's Evolution­ ary Biology of Knowledge," Biology and Philosophy 2 ( 1987 ): 73.

Brobjer reveals that although Nietzsche appears to share some fairly commonplace misogynistic ideas about the nature and place of women, the way he characterizes their animality reveals how Nietzsche thinks about human animality more generally. It is not that Nietzsche dis­ credits women for their herd mentality, as one might expect; he is, rather, cautious of their predatory nature, which has not been sufficiently tamed. Brobjer casts new light on the sources of Nietzsche's ideas and his vision of the specific disciplining of wildness Nietzsche imagines for at least some human beings.

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