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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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Nietzsche and the Transformation of Death

Nietzsche and the Transformation of Death

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Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life

Eduardo Nasser

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The chapter investigates the meaning of the “reinterpretation” of death proposed by Nietzsche in light of his rejection of the concept of matter and his adoption of a theory of power relations. The chapter then discusses Nietzsche’s analysis of the problem of death for man by considering two ways of “wanting death”: the “voluntary death” as opposed to “cowardly death.” I argue that the ambivalent meaning of death results from Nietzsche’s way of thinking about the relation between man and time. Lastly, this chapter situates Nietzsche’s argument about death within other conceptions of death in the history of philosophy.

Keywords:   Life, Death, Nietzsche, Existence

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