The Philosophies of Nietzsche
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The paper explains Nietzsche's theory of morality that derives duty or moral obligation from what is good or desirable as an end to be achieved. The paper looks at how Nietzsche's writings on morality take the form of a critique of the major religious traditions of the West, especially Christianity. The paper shows how in seeking to create a morality that was in tune with his own century, Nietzsche rejected what he saw as the weakness of both religion and Apollonian philosophy. The paper asserts, however, that in seeking to create a philosophy that was in tune with his own century, he also failed to see how a moral code that was based in a different set of historical references might not be better.
From the Paper:"Nietzsche thought - or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that he hoped -- that the historical moment of traditional religious faith and practice were over - a sentiment captured in his most famous proclamation that "God is dead". But what would Nietzsche put in the place of God? To answer this question is to come to understand Nietzsche's concept of the Ubermensch in greater depth as well as to understand Nietzsche's own essential Dionysian nature and how the former would turn him away from Christianity and Western religion and the latter away from much of classical philosophy, including the calm rationality promulgated by Socrates.
"Nietzsche argued for a teleological morality, a theory of morality that derives duty or moral obligation from what is good or desirable as an end to be achieved. Such a model of morality is clearly Utilitarian in orientation and argues for the position that end aimed for consists in an experience or feeling produced by the action. Hedonism, for example, teaches that this end feeling is pleasure."
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