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Nietzsche and Contemporary Ethics$
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Simon Robertson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198722212.001.0001

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Nietzsche’s Critical Target

Nietzsche’s Critical Target


(p.13) 2 Nietzsche’s Critical Target
Nietzsche and Contemporary Ethics

Simon Robertson

Oxford University Press

This chapter characterizes ‘morality’, the object of Nietzsche’s critique. It locates the discussion within a wider interpretive issue, commonly called the Scope Problem, that bears on the coherence of his revaluative project: how to separate his critical target from positive ideal, while leaving the latter immune to the objections informing the critique. As a first step to resolving the Scope Problem, the chapter characterizes Nietzsche’s critical target via two sets of conditions. One of these identifies various values he associates with morality. The other concerns morality’s foundational commitments. Central to these is the idea that morality is normatively authoritative: compliance with it is categorically required. The chapter explains what this involves and why opposing morality’s normative authority is crucial to Nietzsche’s critique.

Keywords:   categorical/categoricity, ethics, morality, normative authority, Scope Problem

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