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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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(p.207) 9 Perfectionism
Nietzsche and Contemporary Ethics

Simon Robertson

Oxford University Press

This exegetically focused chapter outlines the perfectionism I attribute to Nietzsche. It suggests that he is a value-pluralist rather than (power-based) value-monist. It then raises doubts about certain political and ethical readings (though gives a developmental story about his changing ambitions), and instead attributes to him an individualist perfectionism focused on the highest forms of human flourishing and excellence (with strong quasi-aesthetic and anti-theoretic leanings). This gives part of the resolution to the Scope Problem. The chapter then considers how immoral the resulting perfectionism is and examines how it might be justified.

Keywords:   anti-theory, ethical, immoral, individualist, monism, pluralism, political, quasi-aesthetic, Scope Problem, value

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