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By Malcolm Bull

ISBN-10: 1781683166

ISBN-13: 9781781683163

Nietzsche, the thinker doubtless against each person, has met with remarkably little competition himself. He continues to be what he desired to be— the limit-philosopher of a modernity that by no means ends. during this provocative, occasionally anxious e-book, Bull argues that only to reject Nietzsche isn't to flee his entice. He seduces through attractive to our hope for victory, our creativity, our humanity. basically through ‘reading like a loser’ and failing to reside as much as his beliefs do we stream past Nietzsche to a nonetheless extra radical revaluation of all values—a subhumanism that expands the limits of society till we're left with lower than 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 financial system and readability, it indicates how a politics of failure may switch what it capacity to be human.

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"A nice idea scan ... an stunning 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 ... quite impressive.”—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

“Bull is a wonderful author of philosophical prose... it really is difficult to disclaim the arrogance of his considering, or the seductive strength of his writing”—Times greater Education

“Bull’s ebook merits consciousness either as a scholarly engagement with continental philosophy and political concept, and as a not easy intervention into modern left politics.”—Socialism and Democracy

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State autonomy and sovereign independence give groups of peoples within states the opportunity to coordinate their actions in relation to one another and to thereby be lifted ‘out of nature’s realm’. By having to ‘do it themselves’, so to speak, by being forced to be free and thereby having to respond actively and efficiently to external pressures, states build up their internal capacities and the best internal form of political order is the one that allows the political community to best respond to the structural pressures imposed by a system of anarchy.

18 Different societies realise their particular social forms in different ways and each seeks out the good in terms relative to their own internal settlement on these three issues. Bull is also careful to avoid the assumption that the possibility of society depends on the following of imposed rules. ’19 The reason is clear. The protection of the autonomy of political communities is predicated on anarchy and if one were to equate order with formal rules and authoritative enforcement mechanisms, then global order in the 1970s would have been inexplicable.

56 Proudhon’s political propositions and his prognostications were ignored, and yet he was largely right about what lay in store if Poland and Italy were unified – despotism. He advocated a federative principle that would institutionalise anarchy as a way of protecting the autonomy of regions and communities and institutionalising a far deeper, more three-dimensional equilibrium of power. It is the aim of the rest of the book to show why his federal position was so distinct from his statist contemporaries, and what his theory of anarchy can bring to our contemporary re-thinking of the dynamics of international relations.

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