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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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ISBN-13: 9780742514270
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2003
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Christa Davis Acampora is professor of philosophy at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Ralph R. Acampora is assistant professor of philosophy at Hofstra University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Nietzsche's Feral Philosophy: Thinking Through an Animal Imaginary Part 3 Part I: On "Lowly" Origins Chapter 4 Ape "Who Is Zarathustra's Ape?" Chapter 5 Camel "A Sketch (Riß) of the Camel in Zarathustra" Chapter 6 Polyp "Polyp Man" Part 7 Part II: Zarathustra's Animals Chapter 8 Dog "Dogs, Domestication, And The Ego" Chapter 9 Spider "Arachnophobe Or Arachnophile?: Nietzsche And His Spiders" Chapter 10 Snake "The Eternal-Serpentine" Chapter 11 Bird "The Halcyon Tone As Birdsong" Chapter 12 Cow "Even Better Than a Cow, O Zarathustra!" Chapter 13 Ass"Nietzsche and the Mystery of the Ass" Part 14 Part III: Beasts of Prey Chapter 15 Lion "Zarathustra's Laughing Lions" Chapter 16 Blonde Beast "Nietzsche's 'Blond Beast': On the Recuperation of a Nietzschean Metaphor" Chapter 17 Beasts of Prey "How We Became What We Are: Tracking the 'Beasts of Prey'" Part 18 Part IV: Human Animals (Unter, Halb, and Über) Chapter 19 Woman "Women as Predatory Animals, or Why Nietzsche Philosophized with a Whip " Chapter 20 Woman Circe's Truth: On the Way to Animals and Women Chapter 21 Satyr "Human-Animality in Nietzsche" Chapter 22 Overhuman "The Overhuman Animal" Part 23 Part V: Animal Nietzsche Chapter 24 Mole "On Nietzsche's Moles" Chapter 25 Cat "The Cat at Play: Nietzsche's Feline Styles" Chapter 26 Lizard "Nietzsche's göttliche Eidechsen:'Divine Lizards, ' 'Greene Lyons' and Music" Chapter 27 Afterword "Paws, Claws, Jaws, and Such: Interpretation and Metaphoric Modalities" Chapter 28 Bibliographic Essay Traces of the Beast: Becoming Nietzsche, Becoming Animal, and the Figure of the Transhuman Chapter 29 Sources for the Metamorphoses: The Ages of Man and the Three Metamorphoses of the Spirit Part 30 Index to Animals in Nietzsche's Corpus

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