Donar y perdonar en Nietzsche y Derrida

Translated title of the contribution: Giving and forgiving in Nietzsche and Derrida

Vanessa Lemm

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This article makes a contribution to the current debate on forgiveness and gift-giving in contemporary political and social philosophy. This article presents Nietzsche's conception of forgiveness as gift-giving beginning with Nietzsche's critique of the Christian practice of forgiveness as an example of the spirit of revenge in order to then point out the affinities between the Nietzschean critique and what Derrida names 'impure' or 'conditional' forgiveness. It argues that overcoming revenge or 'impure forgiveness' requires an affirmation of the animality of the human being as a life force indispensable to the constitution of free and just forms of social and political life.

Translated title of the contributionGiving and forgiving in Nietzsche and Derrida
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)963-979
Number of pages17
Issue number250
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


  • Animality
  • Derrida
  • Forgiveness
  • Gift
  • Justice
  • Nietzsche


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