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By P. Sedgwick

During this e-book Peter Sedgwick places ahead a brand new case for viewing Nietzsche as an financial philosopher, valuable to rank along Marx. Analysing Nietzsche's belief of economic climate, Sedgwick indicates the way it is taken via him to represent the fundamental lower than which the 'human animal' built. economic climate, Nietzsche argues, endowed us with futurity: the facility to reside for you to long term destiny probabilities instead of unexpectedly, as do different animals. financial system, in different phrases, is a defining element of human behaviour, underpinning the ways that we estimate price, relate to others and accomplish self-understanding.

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36 Nietzsche's Economy But, Nietzsche asks, what does that produce? His answer: a kind of person even more repellent: [I] nstead of the craftsman and master, [we get] the 'man of letters', the dexterous, 'polydexterous' man of letters who, to be sure, lacks the hunched back [ . ] the man of letters who really is nothing but 'represents' almost anything, playing and ' substituting' for the expert, and taking it upon himself in all modesty to get paid, honored, and celebrated in place of the expert.

In this case, - they drive the modem industrial economy. The resulting industrial enslavement is universal - the wealthy as much as the poor are bound in servitude to the demands of capital. The evaluative habits of the trader mentality come to dominate. European culture recedes, colonised by the consumerism it created. In this way, not only the individual but culture itself is reified, rendered an object subject to exchange principles. Modernity is, in blunter terms, the age of the cultural philistine.

It has to be. Like the bricks of a grand edifice, a self that is formed according to the demands of such ambitious beliefs is at the same time hardened by the discipline that accompanies those beliefs. The implication of the discusĀ­ sion is simple enough: modernity lacks staying power since it lacks the cultural capital that its Periclean predecessor could trade on. This lack of durability is modernity's most appalling characteristic. The contemĀ­ porary social world of fluidity and change is dynamic but, paradoxically, at the same time one of paralysis.

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