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By Malcolm Bull

ISBN-10: 1781683166

ISBN-13: 9781781683163

Nietzsche, the thinker possible against all people, has met with remarkably little competition himself. He continues to be what he desired to be— the limit-philosopher of a modernity that by no means ends. during this provocative, occasionally anxious e-book, Bull argues that simply to reject Nietzsche isn't to flee his entice. He seduces through beautiful to our hope for victory, our creativity, our humanity. simply by way of ‘reading like a loser’ and failing to dwell as much as his beliefs will we circulate past Nietzsche to a nonetheless extra radical revaluation of all values—a subhumanism that expands the bounds of society until eventually we're left with under not anything in universal.

Anti-Nietzsche is a sophisticated and subversive engagement with Nietzsche and his twentieth-century interpreters—Heidegger, Vattimo, Nancy, and Agamben. Written with economic system and readability, it indicates how a politics of failure may possibly switch what it skill to be human.


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“A stimulating and pleasant book...Anti-Nietzsche is captivating, yet Bull’s argument can also be sophisticated and deep”—Times Literary Supplement

“Seven witty, erudite, and hugely stylized chapters. Recommended.”—CHOICE

“Anti-Nietzsche pursues Nietzsche’s good judgment yet pulls out all of the stops.”—The New Inquiry

“The breadth and intensity of Bull’s scholarship are ... particularly impressive.”—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

“Bull is a wonderful author of philosophical prose... it's demanding to disclaim the confidence of his considering, or the seductive strength of his writing”—Times better Education

“Bull’s publication merits consciousness either as a scholarly engagement with continental philosophy and political thought, and as a demanding intervention into modern left politics.”—Socialism and Democracy

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Seen from one perspective, this assertion does not entail a great intellectual leap. Who wants to live the life of a drug addict? But it does require a dogmatic statement: It is true not just of me (that I could not be happy as a drug addict), it is true of all people, even those who insist they are happy being drug addicts. And as soon as we make such a statement, all sorts of thoughts intervene. What if one were poor? What if one lived in a ghetto? What if one had no education and no opportunity?

This is not the place for a detailed methodological discussion of survey research techniques, their strengths and limitations. But my reservations about the “avowed happiness” studies are apparent. My reasons, briefly, are as follows: The main problem with using happiness as a self-defined construct is that it has tended to produce reports of correlates without offering much leverage for getting into the black box of explanation. Suppose, for example, that one relates educational level to avowed happiness.

Abraham Maslow Other things equal, human beings enjoy the exercise of their realized capacities (their innate or trained abilities), and this enjoyment increases the more the capacity is realized, or the greater its complexity. —The Aristotelian Principle as stated by John Rawls This page intentionally left blank. 3 Enabling Conditions and Thresholds To pursue happiness is to pursue the good we seek as an end in itself, that thing which, realized, expresses itself as justified satisfaction with life as a whole.

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