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    Nietzsche's meta-axiology: against the skeptical readings

    Huddleston, Andrew (2014) Nietzsche's meta-axiology: against the skeptical readings. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (2), pp. 322-342. ISSN 0960-8788.

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    In this paper, I treat the question of the meta-axiological standing of Nietzsche's own values, in the service of which he criticizes morality. Does Nietzsche, I ask, regard his perfectionistic valorization of human excellence and cultural flourishing over other ideals to have genuine evaluative standing, in the sense of being correct, or at least adequate to a matter-of-fact? My goal in this paper is modest, but important: it is not to attribute to Nietzsche some sophisticated meta-axiological view, because I am doubtful that he has one. It is, however, to show that Nietzsche's texts do not necessitate the sceptical meta-axiological positions that have been attributed to him in the recent secondary literature. And it is thereby to suggest that we need not give up on the idea that Nietzsche takes the values he champions to have genuine evaluative standing – not because he has some sophisticated realist theory to this effect, but in a more philosophically unreflective way.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Nietzsche, meta-axiology, meta-ethics
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 11:21
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 11:21


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