By Peter Berkowitz
As soon as considered as a conservative critic of tradition, then enlisted by way of the court docket theoreticians of Nazism, Nietzsche has grow to be respected via postmodern thinkers as considered one of their founding fathers, a prophet of human liberation who printed the perspectival personality of all wisdom and broke extensively with conventional varieties of morality and philosophy. In Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist, Peter Berkowitz demanding situations this new orthodoxy, announcing that it produces a one-dimensional photo of Nietzsche's philosophical explorations and passes by means of a lot of what's provocative and complex in his notion. Berkowitz argues that Nietzsche's concept is rooted in severe and conflicting evaluations approximately metaphysics and human nature. gaining knowledge of a deep solidarity in Nietzsche's paintings through exploring the constitution and argumentative circulation of quite a lot of his books, Berkowitz indicates that Nietzsche is an ethical and political thinker within the Socratic experience whose governing query is, "What is the simplest life?" Nietzsche, Berkowitz argues, places ahead a serious and aristocratic ethics, an ethics of creativity, that calls for that the few people who're able gather a primary knowing of and achieve overall mastery over the area. Following the trail of Nietzsche's inspiration, Berkowitz exhibits that this mastery, which represents a suprapolitical kind of rule and includes a thorough denigration of political existence, is, from Nietzsche's personal standpoint, neither fascinating nor possible. Out of the colourful and richly textured textile of Nietzsche's books, Peter Berkowitz weaves an interpretation of Nietzsche's fulfillment that's right away respectful and skeptical, an interpretation that brings out the affection of fact, the braveness, and the longing for the nice that mark Nietzsche's magisterial attempt to dwell an tested existence via giving an account of the easiest existence.
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The replacement of philosophy with scholarship and criticism harms life and paralyzes action by rendering them unworthy objects of investigation. Indeed, Nietzsche defines the degradation of modern man in 36 ~ THE ETHICS OF HISTORY terms of his rage for criticism. The critics' «critical pens never cease to flow, for they have lost control of them and instead of directing them are directed by them. It is precisely in this immoderation of its critical outpourings, in its lack of self-control, in that which the Romans call impotentia, that the modern personality betrays its weakness" (UD 5, p.
72-73). Antiquarian history serves life by teaching veneration of a people's or a nation's past; it infuses inherited customs, kin, and countrymen with solemn significance, providing present and future generations with knowledge of the conditions that served life in the past (UD 3, p. 73). Like monumental history, antiquarian history commits injustice against the past by distorting the historical record. This justified injustice ceases to be just only when the preservation of the old becomes an end in itself; then piety deteriorates into an insatiable, undiscriminating hunger for information about antiquity.
Speaking in favor of the universal interpretation is the fact that Nietzsche's description of Greek excellence depends on the distinction between real and apparent needs and on the importance of grasping the former so as to abolish the latter (UD 10, p. 122). Nietzsche insists that modern man must do as the Greeks did: each must ((organize the chaos within him by thinking back to his real needs" (UD 10, p. 123). Thus, he firmly grounds self-creation (organizing the chaos within) in self-knowledge (grasping one's real needs).