Nietzsche and Moral Fictionalism

Alan Thomas

in Nietzsche, Naturalism, and Normativity

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583676
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745294 | DOI:
Nietzsche and Moral Fictionalism

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This chapter assesses Nadeem Hussain's well-known moral fictionalist interpretation of Nietzsche. It also evaluates moral fictionalism as a free standing meta-ethical view. It distinguishes different forms of subjective realism about the truth conditions of moral statements. It is argued that Nietzsche's influence on contemporary meta-ethics is not that of a pioneer of a novel meta-ethical approach to our ethical commitments such as fictionalism. Instead he defends a plausible form of subjective realism in a way that connects with his primarily normative interests. Nietzsche is interested in the subjective conditions for valuation, not necessarily scepticism about value as a whole, with the ultimate aim of diagnosing a nihilism that fails to take any existing values as worthwhile ends.

Keywords: fictionalism; moral realism; nihilism; theory of value; Hussain

Chapter.  13782 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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