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Nietzsche Studies as Historical Philosophizing

Nietzsche Studies as Historical Philosophizing Special Section: Nietzsche Studies Now | 271 John Richardson, New York University As to which of Nietzsche’s own topics is most important for Nietzsche scholars to address, I think the answer is clear: his critique of morality. This is his own idea of where his main importance lies. He also stresses the extreme difficulty of the task. It’s hard not just because the issues are so very complex, but because anyone who tries to evaluate morality is inhibited and misled by his or her own ingrained allegiance to it. We cannot find suffi- cient distance from these values to be able to assess them properly. But now, why think that Nietzsche studies has not done justice to his critique? Why not rather say that we here prefer our own value perspec- tive, as legitimate as his own? Indeed, we may feel that we see better in our liberal valuing than Nietzsche does in his attacks on democracy, equality, and compassion. So it may seem that his critique has been treated fairly and sufficiently aer a ft ll. What need better accounting, however, are Nietzsche’s arguments and insistences that this critique is tied tightly to all the other values and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Nietzsche Studies as Historical Philosophizing

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 49 (2) – Dec 5, 2018

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Abstract

Special Section: Nietzsche Studies Now | 271 John Richardson, New York University As to which of Nietzsche’s own topics is most important for Nietzsche scholars to address, I think the answer is clear: his critique of morality. This is his own idea of where his main importance lies. He also stresses the extreme difficulty of the task. It’s hard not just because the issues are so very complex, but because anyone who tries to evaluate morality is inhibited and misled by his or her own ingrained allegiance to it. We cannot find suffi- cient distance from these values to be able to assess them properly. But now, why think that Nietzsche studies has not done justice to his critique? Why not rather say that we here prefer our own value perspec- tive, as legitimate as his own? Indeed, we may feel that we see better in our liberal valuing than Nietzsche does in his attacks on democracy, equality, and compassion. So it may seem that his critique has been treated fairly and sufficiently aer a ft ll. What need better accounting, however, are Nietzsche’s arguments and insistences that this critique is tied tightly to all the other values and

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Dec 5, 2018

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