John Richardson

in Nietzsche's System

Published in print June 1996 | ISBN: 9780195098464
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833597 | DOI:

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This chapter examines Nietzsche's values and weighs the extent to which these do and do not break radically from the values of his philosophical predecessors. I try to specify how his stance “beyond good and evil” involves critiques both of the content of earlier values, and of their force. His disagreements over content raise troubling questions about his politics (in his promotion of inequality and rank order) and his ethics (in his stress on “having enemies,” and in his infamous views about women). His disagreements over the force of earlier values raise metaethical questions about how he can propose any values, given e.g., his denials of free will and of the efficacy of reflective consciousness. The chapter offers answers to these problems about his values.

Keywords: beyond good and evil; enemies; ethics; fate; freedom; friends; men; morality; overman; rank order; value; women

Chapter.  41032 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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