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Virtue and Community in Mark Alfano's Nietzsche's Moral Psychology

Virtue and Community in Mark Alfano's Nietzsche's Moral Psychology <p>Abstract:</p><p>This article, invited for presentation to the North American Nietzsche Society at the 2020 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, is a commentary on Mark Alfano&apos;s 2019 monograph, <i>Nietzsche&apos;s Moral Psychology</i>. I commend Alfano&apos;s productive, innovative use of digital humanities methods as well as his more traditional textual interpretation. But I raise some doubts about Alfano&apos;s proposed criterion of "external integration" for a drive to qualify as a Nietzschean virtue: the claim that if a drive systematically and reliably meets with condemnation from an agent&apos;s community, it <i>cannot</i> be a virtue. I suggest that the criterion be amended either so that it is disapproval from the agent&apos;s <i>true</i> community, which for a solitary moral innovator may be an imagined community of past and future peers, that disqualifies a drive from virtue status; or so that community disapproval is disqualifying only if the agent internalizes it.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Virtue and Community in Mark Alfano&apos;s Nietzsche&apos;s Moral Psychology

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 51 (2) – Nov 23, 2020

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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>This article, invited for presentation to the North American Nietzsche Society at the 2020 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, is a commentary on Mark Alfano&apos;s 2019 monograph, <i>Nietzsche&apos;s Moral Psychology</i>. I commend Alfano&apos;s productive, innovative use of digital humanities methods as well as his more traditional textual interpretation. But I raise some doubts about Alfano&apos;s proposed criterion of "external integration" for a drive to qualify as a Nietzschean virtue: the claim that if a drive systematically and reliably meets with condemnation from an agent&apos;s community, it <i>cannot</i> be a virtue. I suggest that the criterion be amended either so that it is disapproval from the agent&apos;s <i>true</i> community, which for a solitary moral innovator may be an imagined community of past and future peers, that disqualifies a drive from virtue status; or so that community disapproval is disqualifying only if the agent internalizes it.</p>

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Nov 23, 2020

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