Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Nietzsche on Morality

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Nietzsche on Morality

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Nietzsche on Morality

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Nietzsche on Morality

Synopsis

Nietzsche is one of the most important and controversial thinkers in the history of philosophy. His writings on moral philosophy are amongst the most widely read works in philosophy - many of his ideas are both startling and disturbing. Nietzsche on Morality introduces and assesses:*Nietzsche's life and the background to his writings on morality*The ideas and text of The Genealogy of Morals *Nietzsche's continuing importance in philosophy Nietzsche on Morality will be vital to all students coming to Nietzsche for the first time.

Excerpt

Nietzsche, naturalist or postmodernist?

A familiar, yet still curious, feature of Nietzsche’s reception over the last century is that figures with radically divergent views and methodologies all claim the mantle of his influence. Thinkers on the political “right” find him attractive for his elitism and antiegalitarianism; those on the “left” embrace him for his hatred of all the pillars of bourgeois civilization: religion, industrial capitalism, the state. Intellectual movements as diverse as literary modernism, deconstruction in literary theory, psychoanalysis, existentialism, relativism, late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century evolutionary naturalism, and pragmatism have all claimed Nietzsche as their own. Writers as different as the German sociologist Max Weber, the French deconstructionist Jacques Derrida, the British moral philosopher Bernard Williams, and the American pragmatist Richard Rorty have all felt the need to situate their thought with respect to its debt to Nietzsche.

Perhaps the most oddly matched pair of professed Nietzschean “disciples” are the founder of

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