The Overhuman

  • Nandita Biswas Mellamphy


This article explores Friedrich Nietzsche’s notion of the ‘human’ as bridge to the ‘overhuman’ (Übermensch). Instead of interpreting Nietzsche’s infamous concept of the Übermensch in terms of the language of human types, I propose that the concept of Übermensch should be interpreted hyper-anthropologically—not textually, against the linguistic laws of hermeneutic interpretation which must posit the agency of the reader/writer and that of the text, but hypertextually (or post-hermeneutically), that is to say: as part of a network that precedes and exceeds the priorities of human intentionality. Such a perspective deviates significantly from the usual interpretation of the Übermensch as a new future human type; the task here is to see how the human is already always an individuation of the hyper-anthropological (the overhuman literally speaking). Nietzsche’s philosophy, I argue, calls for both an overcoming of the human and an affirmation of the human as a conduit towards the overhuman.


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  1. 1.University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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