Nietzsche's Moral and Political Philosophy

[Revised entry by Brian Leiter on October 7, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Nietzsche's moral philosophy is primarily critical in orientation: he attacks morality both for its
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[Revised entry by Brian Leiter on October 7, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Nietzsche's moral philosophy is primarily critical in orientation: he attacks morality both for its commitment to untenable descriptive (metaphysical and empirical) claims about human agency, as well as for the deleterious impact of its distinctive norms and values on the flourishing of the highest types of human beings (Nietzsche's "higher men"). His positive ethical views are best understood as combining (i) a kind of consequentialist perfectionism...

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