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A Nietzschean Bestiary: Becoming Animal Beyond Docile and Brutal

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Overview

Inspired by the ancient and medieval genre, A Nietzschean Bestiary gathersessays treating the most vivid and lively animal images in one of thephilosophic tradition's greatest bodies of work. Leading scholars treatspecific animals--such as the prowling beast of prey, Zarathustra's laughinglions, and the notorious blond beast--to ingeniously reveal how thesecreatures play a prominent role in the development of Nietzsche'sphilosophy. Numerous essays explore the nature of human animality and ourrelations to other animals. Contributors shed new light on Nietzsche'sconception of power, freedom, and meaning. Research tools, includingdiscussions of Nietzsche's influence on important twentieth-centuryphilosophers and the most extensive index of animal references inNietzsche's corpus, make this an essential volume for scholars and studentsalike.
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Choice
Students of Nietzsche's philosophy will owe a considerable debt of gratitude to this anthology. Recommended.
Philosophy and Literature
These timely essays are well-written and richly suggestive, opening up fresh lines of Nietzsche interpretation and exploration. They utilize Nietzsche's texts creatively, and draw on perspectives in the secondary literature that until now have been somewhat fragmented and submerged. In sum, this scholarship synthesizes an enormous range of pertinent material into a satisfying thematic collection that should appeal to a wide range of readers. This compelling account of Nietzsche's philosophy demonstrates that contemporary Nietzsche commentary is both vibrant and innovative.
— Robert N. Matuozzi, Washington State University
Joan Stambaugh
A truly felicitous collection of outstanding essays by some of the most distinguished scholars of Nietzsche. The essays explore and develop a previously underrated dimension that is nevertheless absolutely critical to Nietzsche's enterprise.
Robert Gooding-Williams
This bestiary is a real find, a welcome collection of essays that ingeniously combines careful and insightful interpretations of Nietzsche on animality with detailed and often brilliant analyses of his reliance on images of animals as figures of philosophical thought. The scholarship is first-rate, the scope of the collection, exhaustive. A major contribution to Nietzsche studies that forcefully challenges the widely held belief that Nietzsche's 'animal imaginary' serves merely to decorate the conceptual substance of his thought.
Tracy B. Strong
A powerful and innovative collection. . . . Nietzsche once claimed that every word, every punctuation mark, every trope in his writing was there for a purpose. The authors in the wonderful collection collectively show that this same precise concern extends to his choice of animals—his bestiary. Each of the essays illuminates Nietzsche's philosophy as a whole and from the point of view of one of Nietzsche's 'right' animals. We are thus led both to deeper understanding of Nietzsche's thought as a whole as well as of particular aspects of it.
David Allison
A Nietzschean Bestiary gathers an extremely rich and wide range of excellent contributions. From such key Nietzschean issues as self-overcoming to the creative positing of new values, the essays demonstrate the remarkable mutability of our so-called 'second natures,' which wittingly or not, have become 'part and parcel of our flesh and blood'"
Graham Parkes
It is eloquent testimony to the richness of the topic that so many distinguished commentators have been induced to contribute to this superb work. These essays on Nietzsche's beasts constitute an enormous fund of intellectual biodiversity in which Nietzsche enthusiasts of all stripes will delight.
Keith Ansell-Pearson
The editors have put together one of the richest and most stimulating collections of essays on Nietzsche to be published in a long while. It provides a set of fresh and novel perspectives on the hugely important and fertile topic of Nietzsche's animals which will be of interest to readers across a wide range of disciplines.
CHOICE
Students of Nietzsche's philosophy will owe a considerable debt of gratitude to this anthology. Recommended.
Philosophy and Literature - Robert N. Matuozzi
These timely essays are well-written and richly suggestive, opening up fresh lines of Nietzsche interpretation and exploration. They utilize Nietzsche's texts creatively, and draw on perspectives in the secondary literature that until now have been somewhat fragmented and submerged. In sum, this scholarship synthesizes an enormous range of pertinent material into a satisfying thematic collection that should appeal to a wide range of readers. This compelling account of Nietzsche's philosophy demonstrates that contemporary Nietzsche commentary is both vibrant and innovative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742514270
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition number: 344
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Christa Davis Acampora is professor of philosophy at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Ralph R. Acampora is assistant professor of philosophy at Hofstra University.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Translations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Nietzsche's Feral Philosophy: Thinking through an Animal Imaginary 1
Pt. I On "Lowly" Origins
Ape: Who Is Zarathustra's Ape? 17
Camel: A Sketch (Riss) of the Camel in Zarathustra 32
Polyp: Polyp Man 42
Pt. II Zarathustra's Animals
Dog: Dogs, Domestication, and the Ego 53
Spider: Arachnophobe or Arachnophile? Nietzsche and His Spiders 61
Snake: The Eternal-Serpentine 71
Bird: The Halcyon Tone as Birdsong 83
Cow: "Even Better than a Cow, O Zarathustra!" 89
Ass: Nietzsche and the Mystery of the Ass 100
Pt. III Beasts of Prey
Lion: Zarathustra's Laughing Lions 121
Blond Beast: Nietzsche's "Blond Beast": On the Recuperation of a Nietzschean Metaphor 140
Beasts of Prey: How We Became What We Are: Tracking the "Beasts of Prey" 156
Pt. IV Human Animals (Unter, Halb, and Uber)
Woman: Women as Predatory Animals, or Why Nietzsche Philosophized with a Whip 181
Woman: Circe's Truth: On the Way to Animals and Women 193
Satyr: Human-Animality in Nietzsche 211
Overhuman: The Overhuman Animal 220
Pt. V Animal Nietzsche
Mole: On Nietzsche's Moles 243
Cat: The Cat at Play: Nietzsche's Feline Styles 251
Lizard: Nietzsche's gottliche Eidechsen: "Divine Lizards," "Greene Lyons," and Music 264
Afterword: Paws, Claws, Jaws, and Such: Interpretation and Metaphoric Modalities 285
Bibliographic Essay: Traces of the Beast: Becoming Nietzsche, Becoming Animal, and the Figure of the Transhuman 301
Sources for the Metamorphoses: The Ages of Man and the Three Metamorphoses of the Spirit 319
Index to Animals in Nietzsche's Corpus 329
General Index 361
About the Contributors 367
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