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Contesting Nietzsche$
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Christa Davis Acampora

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226923901

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226923918.001.0001

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Contesting Paul

Contesting Paul

Toward an Ethos of Agonism

(p.110) Chapter Four Contesting Paul
Contesting Nietzsche

Christa Davis Acampora

University of Chicago Press

This chapter uses the analytic criteria for assessing contests to articulate dynamics Nietzsche indicates as disabling in the Christian contest. He provides criteria for assessing contests relative to their efficacy in marshaling productive, organizing cultural forces. Agonistic institutions potentially facilitate the creation and recreation of values, and this is their most attractive feature for Nietzsche; he evaluates what forms of action are encouraged and supported in the organizational structure that constitutes the Christian agon. The author, following this analysis, expands the scope to Nietzsche’s considerations of the phenomenon of morality more broadly, touching on how it construes the moral subject and a dynamic structure of agency. Finally, the author returns to Nietzsche’s claim in Ecce Homo that success in his analyses of morality and subjectivity will result in morality being overcome—making it a concern no longer.

Keywords:   analytic criteria, Christian contest, agonistic institutions, Christian agon, morality

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