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Nietzsche's Animal PhilosophyCulture, Politics, and the Animality of the Human Being$
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Vanessa Lemm

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230273

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230273.001.0001

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Culture and Civilization

Culture and Civilization

(p.10) 1 Culture and Civilization
Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy

Vanessa Lemm

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the openness of human life to the horizon of becoming through an analysis of the competition between culture and civilization. Nietzsche's puts forth a criticism of civilization that does not imply a “return to nature” but is oriented toward a cultivation of animality. He conceives the process of civilization as a process of moral and rational improvement of the human being which does not cultivate animal life but extirpates and oppresses it. On the other hand, Nietzsche believes that the challenge of culture in civilization is to bring forth forms of life and thought which are not forms of power over animal life.

Keywords:   horizon of becoming, culture, civilization, oppression, animal life

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