By Malcolm Bull
Nietzsche, the thinker likely against every body, has met with remarkably little competition himself. He is still what he desired to be— the limit-philosopher of a modernity that by no means ends. during this provocative, occasionally hectic ebook, Bull argues that purely to reject Nietzsche isn't really to flee his trap. He seduces by way of attractive to our wish for victory, our creativity, our humanity. purely through ‘reading like a loser’ and failing to dwell as much as his beliefs do we movement past Nietzsche to a nonetheless extra radical revaluation of all values—a subhumanism that expands the bounds of society till 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 financial system and readability, it indicates how a politics of failure may possibly switch what it potential to be human.
"A nice proposal scan ... an astounding name to palms (or to disarm)" — T.J. Clark
“A stimulating and pleasant book...Anti-Nietzsche is fascinating, yet Bull’s argument can be sophisticated and deep”—Times Literary Supplement
“Seven witty, erudite, and hugely stylized chapters. Recommended.”—CHOICE
“Anti-Nietzsche pursues Nietzsche’s common sense yet pulls out all of the stops.”—The New Inquiry
“The breadth and intensity of Bull’s scholarship are ... really impressive.”—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
“Bull is a wonderful author of philosophical prose... it really is tough to disclaim the arrogance of his pondering, or the seductive strength of his writing”—Times larger Education
“Bull’s ebook merits realization either as a scholarly engagement with continental philosophy and political idea, and as a hard intervention into modern left politics.”—Socialism and Democracy
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History has no place in the sequence of categories that constitute the totality and remains exterior to it, even though it may have initially jump-started it. 32 In this regard, it seems, the history of original accumulation is apparently one of those remote historical presuppositions Marx referred to in Grundrisse, or M A R X , T I M E , H I S T O RY 35 antecedents that belong not to capitalism’s life process but to precapitalism, which lay behind later developments but are no longer present in contemporary formations.
Yet, at the same time, the collectivity of cases constitutes a possible intimation of the kind of world history Marx imagined when he repudiated Hegel’s universalistic philosophy of history: “this transformation of history into world history is by no means an abstract act on the part of ‘self-consciousness,’ the world-spirit, or of any other metaphysical spectre, but a quite material empirically veriﬁable act . . ” Fernand Braudel’s conceptual panorama was an obvious exception, with his successive three-tiered levels of time denoting long durations resembling the glacial movement of geological formations, an “unaltering history,” a history of “gentle rhythms,” another name for the broader conception of conjuncture, and, lastly, the history of events, whose movement followed a progressive narrowing.
This discussion appears to have no visible history, yet we must assume that such a history was implied by the fact of its own completed achievement and its capacity to bracket empirical facticity for the appearance of its form. ”24 Toward the end of volume 1, Marx thus embarks on the task of providing a history or, recalling Grundrisse, laying down the “historical presuppositions” of the processes by which capital was made possible, even though they would play no role in its later contemporary manifestation.
Anti-Nietzsche by Malcolm Bull