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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 Contribution to Ethics

Nietzsche’s Contribution to Ethics

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Nietzsche on Ethics and Politics

Maudemarie Clark

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Nietzsche’s critique of morality and his naturalistic account of the origins and development of morality. Claiming to be an “immoralist,” Nietzsche not only denies that morality has a right to our adherence but also insists that morality is something bad that ought to be overcome. He claims that morality is a hopeless project because it ultimately fails to provide a helpful or non-destructive way of dealing with aggressive impulses: every success at internalization produces more aggression, resulting in more need for internalization.

Keywords:   immoralist, ethics, morality, aggression, internalization

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