Arendt and Nietzsche on responsibility and futurity.

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  • Author(s): Diprose, Rosalyn
  • Source:
    Philosophy & Social Criticism. Jul2008, Vol. 34 Issue 6, p617-642. 26p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      conscience
      Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
      futurity
      Hannah Arendt
      normativity
      responsibility
      somatic reflexivity
      totalitarianism
    • Abstract:
      This article compares Nietzsche's and Arendt's critiques of the juridical concept of responsibility (that emphasizes duty and blame) with the aim of deriving an account of responsibility appropriate for our time. It examines shared ground in their radical approaches to responsibility: by basing personal responsibility in conscience that expresses a self open to an undetermined future, rather than conscience determined by prevailing moral norms, they make a connection between a failure of personal responsibility and the way a totalizing politics jeopardizes human plurality. Two differences between Arendt and Nietzsche are also explored: Nietzsche's account of the corporeal and affective dimensions of conscience explains how politics can foreclose the futural, undetermined dimension of conscience; Arendt's account of political community exposes the mutual dependence of personal and political responsibility. By drawing together these aspects of Arendt's and Nietzsche's thought, the article aims to show how a failure of political responsibility can precipitate a failure of personal responsibility by undermining the basis of normativity that both liberal democratic politics and individual moral conscience would ordinarily share. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      0191-4537
    • Accession Number:
      10.1177/0191453708090331
    • Accession Number:
      33189603
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      DIPROSE, R. Arendt and Nietzsche on responsibility and futurity. Philosophy & Social Criticism, [s. l.], v. 34, n. 6, p. 617–642, 2008. DOI 10.1177/0191453708090331. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=33189603. Acesso em: 26 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Diprose R. Arendt and Nietzsche on responsibility and futurity. Philosophy & Social Criticism. 2008;34(6):617-642. doi:10.1177/0191453708090331
    • APA:
      Diprose, R. (2008). Arendt and Nietzsche on responsibility and futurity. Philosophy & Social Criticism, 34(6), 617–642. https://doi.org/10.1177/0191453708090331
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Diprose, Rosalyn. 2008. “Arendt and Nietzsche on Responsibility and Futurity.” Philosophy & Social Criticism 34 (6): 617–42. doi:10.1177/0191453708090331.
    • Harvard:
      Diprose, R. (2008) ‘Arendt and Nietzsche on responsibility and futurity’, Philosophy & Social Criticism, 34(6), pp. 617–642. doi: 10.1177/0191453708090331.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Diprose, R 2008, ‘Arendt and Nietzsche on responsibility and futurity’, Philosophy & Social Criticism, vol. 34, no. 6, pp. 617–642, viewed 26 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Diprose, Rosalyn. “Arendt and Nietzsche on Responsibility and Futurity.” Philosophy & Social Criticism, vol. 34, no. 6, July 2008, pp. 617–642. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/0191453708090331.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Diprose, Rosalyn. “Arendt and Nietzsche on Responsibility and Futurity.” Philosophy & Social Criticism 34, no. 6 (July 2008): 617–42. doi:10.1177/0191453708090331.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Diprose R. Arendt and Nietzsche on responsibility and futurity. Philosophy & Social Criticism [Internet]. 2008 Jul [cited 2020 Nov 26];34(6):617–42. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=33189603