In his writings, Nietzsche often figured his relationship to his contemporaries using corporeal imagery evocative of disgust. For instance, in On the Genealogy of Morality Nietzsche declares himself (and a hypothetical “we”) to suffer from mankind—which he then proceeds to describe as “maggot”- or wormlike. Nietzsche's philosophical project can be interpreted as a visceral protest against, and attempt to overcome (“digest”), humanity. This article argues that Nietzsche attempted through his writings to create a future community of like-constituted companions in his readers through a transmission of affect and education in taste. This would-be “community” is premised on a curious affective dialectic that seeks to transform disgust for humanity into a pure movement of self-creation. I examine the sociopolitical effects of this dialectic of disgust alongside Nietzsche's co-option of images of purity, in order to evaluate his response to modern nihilism.