Major Department

Philosophy

College

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Degree

BA (Bachelor of Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Fall 2018

Honors Major Advisor

Carrie Figdor

Thesis Mentor

David Cunning

Abstract

One of Nietzsche’s main projects was to critique morality and to invite a revaluation of our values. Neither secular nor religious interpretations of Nietzsche’s critique of morality do it justice. Each support their own interpretation by appealing to certain aspects of his writings. The former appeal to Nietzsche’s rejection of Christianity and Christian morality; while the latter appeal to Nietzsche’s anti-democratic and anti-egalitarian remarks. In actuality, Nietzsche was neither of the two: he argued that Western secular moralities are a modern manifestation of Christian morality, and that Christian morality is a manifestation of what he comes to call “Slave Morality.” On this account, this thesis is a humble attempt to bring forth a philosophical interpretation of Nietzsche’s critique and historical analysis of morality, and how we can incorporate his critique and revaluation of values into our lives so we can live a better life. I hope that my contribution will be a meaningful addition to the ongoing philosophical discussion on Nietzsche. I also hope that this thesis will be accessible to those who have not yet introduced themselves to the work of Nietzsche.

Keywords

Nietzsche, Morality, Critique, Values, Mackie, Christianity

Total Pages

52 pages

Copyright

Copyright © 2018 Omar Bin Salamah

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/honors_theses/252