Valuation and the Will to Power: Nietzsche's Ethics with Ontology

Journal of Nietzsche Studies 44 (2):213-224 (2013)
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Nietzsche’s texts invite perplexing questions about the justification and objectivity of his ethical views. 1 On the one hand, Nietzsche often appears to subscribe to strong forms of antirealism or even nihilism about value. This has resulted in some classical readings such as Danto’s suggesting that, when reading Nietzsche, we are being asked “to abandon our meta-ethical beliefs (to use contemporary terms) as to the possibility of justifying whatever moral beliefs we have.” 2 On the other hand, many if not most contemporary interpreters have found it plausible to search and find a “positive” ethical stance of one kind or another operative in Nietzsche’s work. Such “positive” ethics seems ill suited with ..



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