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<i>Freedom, Character, and Punishment</i>

Robin Small

in Nietzsche and Rée

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278077
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199278075.003.0006
Freedom, Character, and Punishment

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The same psychological model used for the moral sense appears again when Rée explains the ‘sense of justice’ that demands retribution for wrongdoing as arising from the practice of punishment, which presents the misleading appearance of an immediate relation between the act and the offender’s liability to punishment. The denial of free will and, in consequence, of moral accountability is common to Nietzsche and Rée. The notion of unchangeable character, derived from Schopenhauer, was also shared, until Nietzsche began to subject the philosophical notion of personality to a critique that undermines such assumptions.

Keywords: character; determinism; free will; justice; punishment; responsibility

Chapter.  7789 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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