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A community that is not one Nietzsche and the true voice of justice

Glendinning, Simon (2019) A community that is not one Nietzsche and the true voice of justice. In: Continental Perspectives on Community: Human Coexistence from Unity to Plurality. Taylor and Francis, pp. 48-60. ISBN 9780367409555

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In the continental tradition, the work of Nietzsche is one of the main sources for any thought on a primordial form of plurality in human existence. This chapter explores how Nietzsche’s reflections on this plurality also give rise to a particular understanding of community. He does so by interrogating Nietzsche’s reflections on the process of democratization and how this both makes Europeans into serviceable herd animals and will bring about the breeding of tyrants. Subsequently, the author investigates how this sense of democracy and the type of community it produces is taken up in more contemporary strands of thought, such as Richard Rorty’s and Jacques Derrida’s. Especially in light of the latter’s analyses of Nietzsche, the author points out the fertility of Nietzsche’s ideas of a community of unequals, which not only goes at the heart of the aporetic nature of injustice and of a democracy to come, but also shows that the striving for democracy and justice always concern a community that is not one.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 15:00
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:53

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