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nietzsche ad hominem

Robert C. Solomon

in Living with Nietzsche

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195160147
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835065 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195160142.003.0002
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Nietzsche often employs ad hominem arguments, usually considered fallacies by most philosophers and logic teachers. But I argue that Nietzsche makes good use of these on the grounds that in philosophy, at least, a person’s character is certainly relevant to his or her moral claims and theories. Ad hominem arguments have also bee used against Nietzsche, but I argue that he would have to accept this as proper to his theory of perspectivism and what he explains as the varying perspectives of morality (for example, “slave morality”).

Keywords: ad hominem argument; character; moral claims and theories. Perspectivism; moral perspectives on morality; “slave morality”; Ecce Homo

Chapter.  12648 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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