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  1. The Unworthiness of Nietzschean Values.Edward Andrew - 2010 - Animus 14:67-78.
    We thoughtlessly use the Nietzschean language of values to encompass our moral principles, our intuitions of the holy and the beautiful, our need for truth. Yet Nietzsche showed that “values” are the creations or products of human will, not discoveries of intelligence, illuminations of love, or exigencies of need. We hear talk of “absolute values” or “objective values” as if there can be values without evaluation: Nietzsche was clear that nothing is intrinsically good or valuable in itself; values are human (...)
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  2. Poetry & Polity: Tragic Perspectives on the Nature of Political Association.Daniel Brandes - 2010 - Animus 14:16-29.
    This paper revisits the complicated question concerning Hannah Arendt’s debt to Nietzsche. Focusing on the promising activity as a privileged site of encounter, I suggest that the common tendency to emphasize the heroic and agonistic elements of Arendt’s account distorts both her dependence on, and departure from, Nietzsche. Instead, I emphasize the neglected dimensions of passivity, affectivity, and futurity that mark both theorists’ account of the promise. I argue that Arendt’s manner of framing the promising agent’s exposure to a radically (...)
     
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  3. Nietzsche On Authority and the State.Renato Cristi - 2010 - Animus 14:3-15.
    This paper criticizes the postmodern view that Nietzsche opposed authority in general and the authority of the state in particular. This view exaggerates Nietzsche's individualistic tendencies and ignores the important role that non-normative political authority plays in his thought. Nietzsche's preference for the aristocratic states of antiquity and his antagonism towards the modern democratic state should be taken into account. The modern democratic state demands normative authority based on popular consent, while the ancient aristocratic state made room for the non-normative (...)
     
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  4. On The Unity of Nietzsche's Philosophy.Kenneth Kierans - 2010 - Animus 14:94-109.
    In this paper, I argue that what is essential in Nietzsche's redemptive vision is his determination of human finiteness, human relativity, against which the will exerts its enormous power. As for the eternal recurrence, it transcends the will to power, but also contradicts it. That is at once the greatness and the weakness of Nietzsche's philosophy. His affirmation of eternal recurrence alternates with the negativity, the endlessness, of human willing. The affirmation and the negativity do not coincide, precisely because Nietzsche (...)
     
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    The Tragic Turn in the Re-Imagination of Publics.Marinus Ossewaarde - 2010 - Animus 14:43-66.
    In the past two decades, public sociologists have sought to revive what C. Wright Mills called a 'democratic society of publics'. The publics that such sociologists promote are intellectual ones that resemble Socratic dialogues in which people search for the good order. Nietzsche criticizes such publics for their plebeian character and introduces an alternative type of publics: aesthetic publics. Rather than Socratic dialogues, the art of tragedy is the model of such publics. In this article it is argued that the (...)
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    Incipit Parodia/Incipit Tragoedia: A Commentary On Part One Of Also Sorach Zarathurstra.David Peddle - 2010 - Animus 14:79-93.
    This essay is a commentary on Part One of Thus Spake Zarathustra. It argues that the concept of the overman which develops in Part One must be understood in relation to the parodistic and tragic elements of the text. In particular, the claim is advanced that Zarathustra's notion of the overman derives from a tragic awareness unavailable to nineteenth century humanism.
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    The Case Of Nietzsche: A Wagnerian Riposte.Bernard Wills - 2010 - Animus 14:30-42.
    In the Birth of Tragedy Friedrich Nietzsche hails Wagner and especially his opera Tristan and Isolde as the harbinger of a Dionysian rebirth in German music. It is notorious, however, that in later works such as The Case of Wagner and Contra Wagner Nietzsche turned against Wagner as an arch-ascetic whose late opera Parsifal represents a reversion to Christianity and its life denying spirit. This paper argues that Nietzsche's polemic is on the whole a distorted picture of Wagner and of (...)
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