Nietzsche's Virtues

Robert C. Solomon

in Living with Nietzsche

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

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Nietzsche is a “virtue ethicist,” like Aristotle, though his virtues are obviously very different. I discuss both Nietzsche’s Aristotelian virtues, and others that are not Aristotelian at all. In the first group are courage, generosity, temperance, truthfulness, honor, justice, pride, and friendship. In the second are such virtues as exuberance, “style,”“depth,” taking risks, fatalism, aestheticism, playfulness, and solitude. I also discuss health, strength, egoism, and responsibility as virtues. Finally, I come back to the Ubermensch as a projection of our ideals.

Keywords: virtue ethics; Aristotle; virtues Aristotelian virtues; Nietzschean virtues; courage; generosity; temperance; truthfulness; honor; justice; pride; friendship; exuberance; “style,” “depth,” taking risks; fatalism; aestheticism; playfulness; solitude; health; strength; egoism; responsibility; the Ubermensch

Chapter.  18766 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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