Nietzsches Ethics and his War on Morality by Simon MayNietzsches Ethics and his War on Morality by Simon May

Nietzsches Ethics and his War on Morality

bySimon May

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Simon May presents a fresh and wide-ranging critique of Nietzsche's famous attack on traditional morality, and of his controversial ethics of 'life-enhancement'. He reveals Nietzsche as both revolutionary and conservative - as one who repudiates traditional 'moral' conceptions of God, guilt,asceticism, pity, and truthfulness, and yet retains a demanding ethics of discipline, conscience, 'self-creation', generosity, and honesty. In particular, May shows how Nietzsche rejects truthfulness as an unconditional value and yet celebrates it as one of his own highest values, whose worth isdetermined by who is pursuing it, for what end, and when in their lives. May is strongly critical of various aspects of Nietzsche's thought - his self-defeating conception of justice, his assumption that 'life-enhancement' necessarily demands world-affirmation, his ambition to de-deify the world,and the impossible and undesirable autonomy of the Ubermensch. But Nietzsche is shown to offer modernity key elements of a coherent ethic, and to provide moral philosophy with important tools for reassessing some of its most cherished values and concepts. May's book will be illuminating not justfor scholars and students of Nietzsche, in philosophy, literature, and history of ideas, but for anyone interested in current debates about ethics and modernity.

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Simon May is Departmental Fellow in Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London.
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Title:Nietzsches Ethics and his War on MoralityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:226 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.52 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

The New Ethic Versus the Old: Nietzsche Versus 'Morality'1. Introduction and Methodology2. Foundations: Nietzsche's Conception of Values3. 'Life-Enhancement': Its Degrees and Types4. Non-moral versus Moral 'Guilt' and 'Bad Conscience'5. Asceticism in Life-Enhancement and Life-Denial6. The New Ideal: 'To become what one is'From Old to New: Nietzsche's Revaluation of the Value of Truth - A Case Study7. Scope of the Case Study8. The Unconditional Value of Truth: Nietzsche's Pioneering Critique9. The Unconditional Value of Truth: An Assessment of Nietzsche's Critique10. The Valuation of Truth in Nietzsche's PhilosophyBibliography, Index

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`These discussions ... provide numerous stimulating approaches to particular aspects of Nietzsche's moral philosophy.'Tom Bailey, New Nietzsche Studies Journal