The Scope Problem—Nietzsche, the Moral, Ethical, and Quasi-Aesthetic

Simon Robertson

in Nietzsche, Naturalism, and Normativity

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583676
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745294 | DOI:
The Scope Problem—Nietzsche, the Moral, Ethical, and Quasi-Aesthetic

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At one level it is obvious that Nietzsche is an ardent critic of ‘morality’ and that he champions some alternative ideal. Disagreement nonetheless reigns over how precisely to characterise Nietzsche's critical target, and thereby limit the scope of his critique, in such a way that distinguishes it from the positive ideal. This is often labelled the ‘scope problem’, to which the chapter offers a resolution. §§1-2 clarify the supposed problem and outline some prominent responses to it (notably those of Foot, Clark and Leiter). Although none are individually satisfactory, elements of each can be retained. The remainder of the chapter explains how. §§3-4 work towards a characterisation of Nietzsche's critical target. §§5-6 argue that his positive program represents an individualistic and quasi-aesthetic perfectionist ideal.

Keywords: Clark; ethical; Foot; Leiter; morality; normative; perfectionism; quasi-aesthetic; scope problem

Chapter.  15479 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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