A Nietzschean Bestiary: Becoming Animal Beyond Docile and Brutal

By Ralph R Acampora, Christa Davis Acampora
Inspired by the ancient and medieval genre, A Nietzschean Bestiary gathers essays treating the most vivid and lively animal images in one of the philosophic tradition's greatest bodies of work. Leading scholars treat specific animals such as the prowling beast of prey, Zarathustra's laughing lions, and the notorious blond beast to ingeniously reveal how these creatures play a prominent role in the development of Nietzsche's philosophy. Numerous essays explore the nature of human animality and our relations to other animals. Contributors shed new light on Nietzsche's conception of power, freedom, and meaning. Research tools, including discussions of Nietzsche's influence on important twentieth-century philosophers and the most extensive index of animal references in Nietzsche's corpus, make this an essential volume for scholars and students alike."


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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 "Philosophy and Literature "
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.--Joan Stambaugh, professor of philosophy, Hunter College




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Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish date 11/22/2003
Pages 344
ISBN-13 9780742514270
ISBN-10 0742514277
Language English