Issues of value and morality occupy a large part of Nietzsche’s works. While he is often interpreted as being an anti-realist about value and as rejecting the objective truth of any moral theory, Nietzsche is, at the same time, concerned about the health and flourishing of culture and the species and talks of higher and lower moralities. Nietzsche appears to worry about the threat of nihilism and radical moral relativism, though scholars have struggled to extract a positive moral theory from his writings. This course will look at Nietzsche’s comments on values and morality, as well as works by contemporary philosophers (Brian Leiter, Phillipa Foot, Christopher Janaway, Christine Swanton, Robert Solomon, Mark Alfano) who cast him variously as a moral psychologist, a virtue ethicist, and as a naturalist about goodness.
Thursday, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.