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On Nietzsche and pregnancy; The beginning of the genesis of a new human being

Mitcheson, Katrina



Luce Irigaray

Mahon O'Brien

Christos Hadjioannou


Luce Irigaray’s recent book To Be Born; The Genesis of New a Human Being can be seen as a response to Friedrich Nietzsche’s infamous call for us to overcome humanity in its current form. Irigaray shares with Nietzsche the belief that to overcome the dissonance that runs through our culture and our being we cannot attend only to cultural and social problems but must bring about the emergence of a new kind of human being. Unlike Nietzsche, however, she develops an understanding of who we are and what we could be that begins with birth and thus roots the potential for this transformation in the concreteness of our birth and the context of our upbringing. Nietzsche employs the idea of pregnancy in his discussions of the genesis of a new being, but the exclusion of conception and birth shed light on the limitations of his approach.
In this chapter, therefore, I want to draw out both what Nietzsche can contribute to the question of generating a new kind of human being through his positive insights, and what we can learn from his failures, by considering Nietzsche’s use of the idea of pregnancy in relation to the transformation of the human


Mitcheson, K. (2019). On Nietzsche and pregnancy; The beginning of the genesis of a new human being. In L. Irigaray, M. O'Brien, & C. Hadjioannou (Eds.), Towards a New Human BeingPalgrave Macmillan

Publication Date Mar 28, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 29, 2021
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Towards a New Human Being
ISBN 9783030033910
Keywords Nietzsche, Irigaray, pregnancy, transhumanism, overman
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