Beyond compassion : on Nietzsche’s moral therapy in Dawn
Ansell-Pearson, Keith, 1960-. (2011) Beyond compassion : on Nietzsche’s moral therapy in Dawn. Continental Philosophy Review, Vol.44 (No.2). pp. 179-204. ISSN 1387-2842
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In this essay I seek to show that a philosophy of modesty informs core aspects of both Nietzsche's critique of morality and what he intends to replace morality with, namely, an ethics of self-cultivation. To demonstrate this I focus on Dawn: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality, a largely neglected text in his corpus where Nietzsche carries out a quite wide-ranging critique of morality, including Mitleid. It is one of Nietzsche's most experimental works and is best read, I claim, as an Epicurean-inspired critique of the present and an exercise in moral therapy. In the opening sections I draw attention to the wider social dimension of the text and its concern with a morality of compassion, which is rarely done in the literature. I then turn to highlighting Nietzsche's 'Epicurean moment', followed by two sections on Nietzsche on the self in which I aim to bring to light his ethics of self-cultivation and show in what ways his revaluation makes central to ethics a modest egoism and care of self. In the conclusion to the essay I provide a contrast between Nietzsche and Kant and deal with reservations readers might have about his ethics. Overall, the essay seeks to make a contribution to an appreciation of Dawn as a work of moral therapy.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Philosophy|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900. Morgenröthe -- Criticism and interpretation, Ethics, Modesty|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Continental Philosophy Review|
|Official Date:||May 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 179-204|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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