The Tragedy of the Goods and the Pursuit of Happiness

Michael Allen Gillespie

in In Search of Goodness

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226306834
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226306858 | DOI:
The Tragedy of the Goods and the Pursuit of Happiness

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This chapter introduces Friedrich Nietzsche in order to address the modern problem with respect to goodness and investigates the problem of the multiplicity of goods as it appears in the Iliad. It indicates that Nietzsche's interpretation of the tragic age of the Greeks is essentially correct. It is suggested that while a different view of the good/goods which builds on Aristotle will probably not replace the dominant liberal view of the goods, it might modify it in ways that would raise liberalism and promote human thriving. The Iliad was a consideration of pleasure, glory, and power. Nietzsche believed that Plato seriously put forth a theory of the forms with a unitary notion of the divine and the good at its peak. Nietzsche and his successors considered liberalism to be a form of decadence and that only a turn to a tragic agonism offers any hope for the future.

Keywords: goods; goodness; Friedrich Nietzsche; Iliad; Aristotle; liberalism; Plato; pleasure; glory; power

Chapter.  13394 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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