By Malcolm Bull
A provocative highbrow attack at the iconic philosopher.
Nietzsche, the thinker likely against every person, 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 nerve-racking booklet, Bull argues that in basic terms to reject Nietzsche isn't to flee his trap. He seduces by means of beautiful to our hope for victory, our creativity, our humanity. purely via ‘reading like a loser’ and failing to reside as much as his beliefs do we circulation past Nietzsche to a nonetheless extra radical revaluation of all values—a subhumanism that expands the limits of society till we're left with below not anything in universal.
Anti-Nietzsche is a refined and subversive engagement with Nietzsche and his twentieth-century interpreters—Heidegger, Vattimo, Nancy, and Agamben. Written with economic system and readability, it exhibits how a politics of failure may well swap what it ability to be human.
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On the other hand, Rorty’s book clearly touched a nerve, and to a considerable extent polarized the Anglophone philosophy profession, and similarly McDowell’s has not entirely escaped the negative reaction that Rorty’s attracted. From the orthodox analytic point of view, perhaps the claim most difficult to digest in the whole book is a remark, made almost as an aside at the end of Lecture II, where McDowell appeals to Hegel as 1 2 Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979. : Harvard University Press.
46 For McDowell this latter condition implied that there was a grain of truth in those theories of sense that, like Frege’s, identified the sense of a proper name with some definite description picking out the name’s bearer, in that ‘a person who knows the sense of a name must have some beliefs about its bearer’. However, that in itself did not warrant the demand that such descriptions uniquely identify the referent. 47 McDowell envisaged such a revisionary view of sense as having a variety of consequences, one concerning how to think of ‘empty 45 46 47 McDowell, ‘On Sense and Reference of a Proper Name’, p.
The best way I know to work into this different conception of what is natural is by reflecting on Aristotle’s ethics’. , p. 78. 28 ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY AND THE RETURN OF HEGELIAN THOUGHT object of McDowell’s ‘Hegelian’-styled critique, a more careful reading suggests that it is rather a more general philosophical doctrine, better identified in terms of central elements of Platonism, that emerges as the real object of McDowell’s criticism. In fact, one of McDowell’s first published papers linked Russell, who, in the guise of the proponent of sense-data may be regarded as a prototypical advocate of ‘givenness’ in modern analytic philosophy, with Plato.