The Polemics of Ressentiment : Variations on Nietzsche, Hardback Book


The rise of populism, cynicism, fanaticism and fundamentalism challenges us to reconsider the problem of ressentiment.

Characterized by Nietzsche as the self-poisoning of the will through internalising trauma in the form of a postponed and imaginary revenge, the concept of ressentiment is making a comeback in politicaldiscourse. Unlike resentment, the feeling of injustice, ressentiment is an intrinsically polemical notion.

It implies a political drama in which there is no inherent good sense in its application and no universal criterion.

Drawing on psychoanalysis, political theory, media theory and philosophy, this book examines a wide variety of ideological contexts, offering an examination of the divergent senses in which the concept of ressentiment is used today.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9781350003675



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