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Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life$
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Vanessa Lemm

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823262861

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823262861.001.0001

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Life and Justice in Nietzsche’s Conception of History

Life and Justice in Nietzsche’s Conception of History

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Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life

Vanessa Lemm

Fordham University Press

Whereas historicism understands history as the objective knowledge of the past and sees in the necessity of the past the standard of the truth of historical knowledge, Nietzsche wants to shift historical knowledge away from science towards life and action. For him, life entails a constructive orientation towards the future which commits an injustice towards the past. The historical knowledge of historicism claims to be true to the past and to do justice to the past. But, seen from the perspective of life, historical knowledge will have to become unjust towards the past in view of being true to life and its future becoming. This essay explores the problem of how a historical knowledge that is inherently unjust can nonetheless provide the material for the constitution of a just order of life.

Keywords:   Life, Justice, Nietzsche, History

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