Nietzsche and Contemporary Ethics

ISBN : 9780198722212

Simon Robertson
416 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jun 2020
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Nietzsche is one of the most subversive thinkers of the western philosophical canon. Yet until recently, his ethics has been sidelined within Anglophone moral philosophy. Simon Robertson offers the first sustained, single-authored critical assessment of his ethical thought and its significance, arguing that Nietzsche raises well-motivated challenges to morality's objectivity, authority, and value. Nietzsche and Contemporary Ethics develops insightful arguments about ethical objectivity, the pitfalls of internalising moral values, and the relation between good and bad. Robertson concludes by considering Nietzsche's broader import: how he challenges our usual views of what ethics itself is-and what it, and we, should be doing.


1. Introduction
2. Nietzsche's Critical Target: Morality
3. Error Theory and Naturalism
4. Error Theory and Normative Authority
5. Morality's Disvalue: Feature-Specific Objections
6. Morality's Disvalue: Morality vs. Excellence
7. Moral Psychology: Will to Power
8. A Sentimentalist Moral Psychology
9. Perfectionism
10. Value and a Good Life
11. Normativity
12. Metaethical Loose Ends
13. Conclusions

About the author: 

Simon Robertson completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews in 2005. He has worked at several universities in the UK, most recently Cardiff University (2012-18). His main research interests are in ethics, normativity, risk, and Nietzsche. He has published in each of these fields, in journals and edited collections, and is the editor of Spheres of Reasons (Oxford 2009) and coeditor with Christopher Janaway of Nietzsche, Naturalism, and Normativity (Oxford 2012). He is now an independent scholar.

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