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Title: Nietzsche, morality and modernity
Author: Jaggard, Dylan William Yeandle.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3588 4617
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 2005
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In recent years, Nietzsche's moral philosophy has been receiving more and more attention in the English speaking moral philosophical community. This study is a contribution to the ongoing debate in this area. Its central aim is to understand Nietzsche's critique of Christian morality in relation to his own particular understanding of modernity. For Nietzsche modernity is a condition in which the individual is committed to the antithetical moral value schemes of master and slave moralities, whilst failing to recognise that this is so. These value schemes are antithetical in regard to the stance they take towards existence. A master morality is one that affirms life, whereas a slave morality is one that denies life. The thesis begins by looking at Nietzsche's characterisation of the problem of morality. For Nietzsche, Christian morality has become a problem because, in the light of the death of God, it has lost its foundations. He argues that we should attempt to assess the value of these Christian values. His method of doing so is a psychological-historical one, which he calls genealogy. This thesis examines Nietzsche's genealogy of Christianity in detail and treats it as a serious historical account rather than as illustrative fiction as some scholars have done in the past. I argue that some of the problems that one encounters when treating genealogy as history stem from the fact that commentators have placed too much emphasis on Nietzsche's work, On the Genealogy of Morality, and that his other genealogical texts deserve equal attention. I then show how this genealogy supplies the modem human being with the necessary self-knowledge in order that it can recognise its commitment to antithetical value schemes. Finally, this thesis examines some of the issues that surround Nietzsche's attempt to aid the modem human being in overcoming its commitment to Christian values.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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