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(1986) Nietzsche as affirmative thinker, Dordrecht, Springer.

A more severe morality

Nietzsche's affirmative ethics

Robert Solomon

pp. 69-89

A mad dog, foaming at the moustache and snarling at the world; that is how the American artist David Levine portrays Friedrich Nietzsche in his well-known caricature in The New York Review of Books. It is not so different in its malicious intent, nor further wrong in its interpretation of Nietzsche, than a good number of scholarly works. This is indeed the traditional portrait — the unconsummated consummate immoralist, the personally gentle even timid arch-destroyer. Of course, Nietzsche himself made adolescent comments about his own destructiveness not infrequently — throughout the whole of Ecce Homo, for example. Nevertheless, these give a false impression of his intentions as well as of the good philosophical sense to be made of his works.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-009-4360-5_5

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Solomon, R. (1986)., A more severe morality: Nietzsche's affirmative ethics, in Y. Yovel (ed.), Nietzsche as affirmative thinker, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 69-89.

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