Nietzsche's Moral Perspectivism

Robert C. Solomon

in Living with Nietzsche

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195160147
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835065 | DOI:
 Nietzsche's Moral Perspectivism

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Nietzsche's moral perspectivism is one of the central and best-known themes of his philosophy. I interpret his genealogical argument in On the Genealogy of Moralsas an ad hominem argument, not so much history as moral psychology. In particular, Nietzsche mentions resentment (ressentiment) as a diagnostic tool in moral criticism. But Nietzsche has mixed intentions here. On the one hand, he adopts what I call a “blaming” perspective.” On the other, he urges us to get “beyond judgment.”

Keywords: moral perspectivism; On the Genealogy of Morals; history as moral psychology; resentment (ressentiment); moral criticism; the “blaming” perspective

Chapter.  9445 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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