Nietzsche's Affirmative Ethics

Robert C. Solomon

in Living with Nietzsche

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

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Nietzsche is often considered “the great destroyer,” a harsh critic with nothing positive to put in the place of what he tries to destroy (morality, Christianity). In other words, he is considered a “nihilist.” I suggest that he is not this at all but rather an affirmative philosopher who, like the ancients, takes living well as the highest value. I suggest that Nietzsche resembles Aristotle in many important respects, especially his emphasis on character and the virtues. I discuss the various meanings of morality (and thus the different meanings of Nietzsche's attack on morality and insistence that he is an “immoralist”).

Keywords: Nietzsche; affirmative philosopher; living well as the highest value; flourishing; Aristotle; character; the virtues; Nietzsche's “immoralism”

Chapter.  10636 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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