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In the Name of Goodness

Charles E. Scott

in Difficulties of Ethical Life

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229734
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235186 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229734.003.0002

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

In the Name of Goodness

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This chapter examines goodness in the context of moral virtues. By reflecting on David Wood's reading of Nietzsche on revenge through Martin Heidegger's account of temporality, the author opens up an alternative to goodness that is based on the indifference of time. It reveals that if goodness falls under the jurisdiction of motivating values (such as revenge), then it may be worth living a life that is neither good nor bad, and thus it can be responsive to the gift of time that affirms the impossibility of thorough completion.

Keywords: ethics; goodness; moral virtues; Nietzsche; Martin Heidegger; temporality; time

Chapter.  6027 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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