David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 3 (2):169-193 (2000)
In this paper I explore Nietzsche's thinking on the notions of nobility and the affirmation of life and I subject his reflections on these to criticism. I argue that we can find at least two understandings of these notions in Nietzsche's work which I call a 'worldly' and an 'inward' conception and I explain what I mean by each of these. Drawing on Homer and Dostoyevsky, the work of both of whom was crucial for Nietzsche in developing and exploring his notion of worldly nobility and affirmation, I then go on to argue that Nietzsche provides us with no concrete examples of worldly nobles and that, given his historicism, he cannot. Thus Nietzsche's thinking here is broken-backed. I turn, therefore, to explore the inward notions of nobility and affirmation. Discussing Montaigne and Napoleon in the context of Nietzsche's philosophy, I argue that we can make good sense in Nietzschean terms of someone's affirming his own life in an inward sense. This, however, opens up the difference between someone's affirming his own life and his affirming life überhaupt, and I argue that Nietzsche needs to be able to make sense not just of the former but also of the latter. Referring once again to Dostoyevsky, I suggest that Nietzsche can only do so by accepting the idea that all human beings possess dignity qua human beings. This thought is, however, one that he rejects. Thus Nietzsche's reflections in this area cannot be rendered finally plausible since they depend upon something which can find no room in his philosophy.
|Keywords||affirmation Nietzsche noble revenge slave spirit suffering|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Jacqueline Scott (1998). Nietzsche and Decadence: The Revaluation of Morality. [REVIEW] Continental Philosophy Review 31 (1):59-78.
Mark Migotti (1998). Slave Morality, Socrates, and the Bushmen: A Reading of the First Essay of on the Genealogy of Morals. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 58 (4):745-779.
Daniel T. O'Hara (2009). The Art of Reading as a Way of Life: On Nietzsche's Truth. Northwestern University Press.
Yul Kim (2008). A Change in Thomas Aquinas's Theory of the Will: Solutions to a Long-Standing Problem. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 82 (2):221-236.
James Wilson (2007). Nietzsche and Equality. In Gudrun von Tevenar (ed.), Nietzsche and Ethics. Peter Lang.
Bert Olivier (2007). Nietzsche, Immortality, Singularity and Eternal Recurrence. South African Journal of Philosophy 26 (1):70-84.
James McGuirk (2008). The Sustainability of Nietzcshe's Will to Affirmation. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 82 (2):237-263.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads31 ( #59,423 of 1,100,115 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #304,144 of 1,100,115 )
How can I increase my downloads?