Nietzsche's "aristocratic radicalism" has been interpreted to mean either that Nietzsche favors returning to pre-modern political models of aristocratic society which are completely incompatible with modern democracy, or that aristocratism is a radical variant of liberal individualism, an aesthetic and apolitical attitude towards life. In this paper I argue that Nietzsche's aristocratism fits neither of the above interpretations. Rather, Nietzsche understands aristocratic society in spiritual-cultural terms. In the light of an analysis of nobility, an aristocratic society and culture must be a horizontal ordering of equally respected powers for and against each other that aims at the elevation of the significance of the singular individual's responsibility.
|Translated title of the contribution||Beyond the politics of domination: Aristocratic culture in Nietzsche|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Alpha: revista de artes, letras y filosofía|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2010|
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