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Derek Parfit

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198778608.001.0001

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Nietzsche’s Mountain

Nietzsche’s Mountain

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(p.309) 52 Nietzsche’s Mountain
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On What Matters
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Derek Parfit

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198778608.003.0017

This chapter discusses the convergence claim. This claim argues that, if everyone knew all of the relevant non-normative facts, used the same normative concepts, understood and carefully reflected on the relevant arguments, and was not affected by any distorting influence, we would nearly all have similar normative beliefs. It also discusses some counterpoints to attempts to reconcile some of Friedrich Nietzsche's claims with what most of us believe. Though Nietzsche sometimes denies that suffering is in itself bad, and even suggests that suffering may be in itself good, that was not, in most of his life, what Nietzsche believed. The chapter goes on to discuss further arguments for and against the Convergence Claim.

Keywords:   convergence claim, Friedrich Nietzsche, non-normative facts, normative concepts, normative beliefs

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