Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Nietzsche's great health: Overcoming the Calliclean interpretation of the revaluation
by Gay, Kristopher E., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 102; 1524198
Abstract (Summary)

Nietzsche famously calls for a revaluation of all values, repudiating the Christian moral tradition. As famously, it has never been clear on what basis Nietzsche condemns morality. Some have looked to Nietzsche's analysis of master morality and his celebration of power and have concluded that Nietzsche is a modem version of Callicles. For example, Brian Leiter argues that, according to Nietzsche, people come in two types-higher and lower. According to him, Nietzsche believes morality is good for lower types but bad for higher types. On this basis, Nietzsche repudiates morality. In contrast, this thesis concludes that morality is bad for all people, according to Nietzsche. Nietzsche evaluates morality on the basis of what promotes human flourishing, not the flourishing of higher types only. Finally, Nietzsche's higher types, unlike Callicles', are moral exemplars who foster a strong culture, challenging Leiter's implicit assumption that they are intrinsically valuable, to Nietzsche.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Raibley, Jason
Commitee: Klein, Alexander, Rosenkrantz, Max, Wiley, Mark
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ethics, Philosophy
Keywords: Callicles, Christian morality, Nietzsche, Friedrich
Publication Number: 1524198
ISBN: 9781303521751
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