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Nietzsche on Ethics and Politics$
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Maudemarie Clark

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199371846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371846.001.0001

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Nietzsche’s Immoralism and the Concept of Morality

Nietzsche’s Immoralism and the Concept of Morality

(p.23) { 1 } Nietzsche’s Immoralism and the Concept of Morality
Nietzsche on Ethics and Politics

Maudemarie Clark

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality is an account not only of the history of morality, but of what morality is. And when we pay attention to the latter account, it becomes plausible that Nietzsche’s immoralism is not directed against a concern for justice and the common good, or universal values or various other elements that we may associate with morality, but only against a particular historically conditioned understanding of these elements, one that is due to their mutual entanglement in what is now call “morality.” In other words, “non-moral” versions of justice, universal values, freedom, guilt, duty, and obligation, are possible, and a major point of Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality is to bring such possibilities to light.

Keywords:   Genealogy of Morality, immoralism, justice, universal values, freedom, guilt, duty, obligation

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