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Living with NietzscheWhat the Great "Immoralist" has to Teach Us$
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Robert C. Solomon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195160147

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195160142.001.0001

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Nietzsche's Affirmative Ethics

Nietzsche's Affirmative Ethics

(p.116) Chapter 5 Nietzsche's Affirmative Ethics
Living with Nietzsche

Robert C. Solomon

Oxford University Press

Nietzsche is often considered “the great destroyer,” a harsh critic with nothing positive to put in the place of what he tries to destroy (morality, Christianity). In other words, he is considered a “nihilist.” I suggest that he is not this at all but rather an affirmative philosopher who, like the ancients, takes living well as the highest value. I suggest that Nietzsche resembles Aristotle in many important respects, especially his emphasis on character and the virtues. I discuss the various meanings of morality (and thus the different meanings of Nietzsche's attack on morality and insistence that he is an “immoralist”).

Keywords:   Nietzsche, affirmative philosopher, living well as the highest value, flourishing, Aristotle, character, the virtues, Nietzsche's “immoralism”

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