Three Essays Against Nietzsche

The slave morality does not represent all morality to date. Plato's and Aristotle's moralities were not notably biased toward attaining equality or valuing suffering. They were master moralities. You can see where they lost out on the path from Ancient Roman to modern scientific society -- those arguments are still good arguments.

Nor are the two irreconcilable opposites, as many who interpret Neitzsche automatically assume. Several people have taken this challenge seriously and tried to devise moral stances that bridge this distinction and make an even better set of norms. I would point you toward the 'softer side' of Alistair Crowley (Liber Aleph Naught) and pacifist feminists like Starhawk, who inject a multi-faceted notion of power that tries to explain why slave morality garners the power that it does by renouncing power, and to retain the strengths of both slave and master moralities, displacing the artificial master projected by most slave moralities.

Somewhat Bowdlerizing the latter position:

1) Slave morality is a form of power that draws from shared reactions to more naked forms of power, it pulls strength from the weak, but from a very broad base, and ultimately overpowers individual masters and takes control of systems of mastery, making them paranoid, guilty and ineffective.

2) Unfortunately it unconsciously depends for its own internal logic upon the notion of a master more deserving than any real and existing master.

3) At the same time, people who are still masters channel that image and distort it into tools that actually maintain the same kind of institution in a different form.

4) Displacing that false master from control of our cultural institutions undercuts the weight of slave morality, which is, as Nietzsche foresaw, destroying our ability to make sense of things and act decisively.

5) It also prevents the holders of power from having a ready cookie-cutter model of acceptable oppression to guide them, giving them the right set of buttons to push to activate deeply channelled instincts in the population.

Therefore: We need a clear respect for power and will, guided by a broader notion of care and empathy. We should be rightly selfish and self-aggrandizing, in the clear understanding that we are all parts of one another.

Nietzsche Essays

  • The Distinct Characteristics of Fascism and Prominant Fascist Leaders
  • Contrast and Compare Cbt and Existential Therapy
  • Humanistic Nursing
  • God Is Dead
  • Environmental Destruction: A Philosophical-Anthropological Perspective
  • Postmoderntiy: a Break from Modernity
  • The Character of Hamlet in William Shakespeare's Play
  • The Vocation of the Business Leader: A Reflection
  • Political Idelogies: Differences Between Liberalism and Conservatives
  • The Debate over Healthcare in America
  • Disputing the Canon
  • Liberal Arts Breadth and My Education
  • The Social and Personal Impediments Against Which Genius Has to Battle."
  • Concepts of Team Management
  • Billy Budd
  • Business Ethics
  • Western and Non Western Divinity
  • Plato's 'The Last Days of Socrates': Phaedo, Wisdom, and the Soul
  • Apollonian and Dionysian
  • What It Means to Have Freedom
  • Is Power Central to Understanding Politics?
  • Medea and Nietzsche's Will to Power
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Satanic-Promethean Ideals
  • discovering individuality
  • A Commentary on, and Partial Analysis of, Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part 4, with Especial Reference to Discourses 11 to 20
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Euripides Support of Women’s Rights
  • Existentialism
  • Philosophy Rejected
  • Exegesis and Critique of Nietzsche’s Conception of Guilt In The Second Essay of On the Genealogy of Morality
  • Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Theory and Practice
  • A Comparative Analysis of the Various Contemporary Theologies Presented by Paul Enns and Millard J. Erickson
  • Jim Morrison; From Boy To Legend
  • Unbearable Lightness of being
  • Private Property
  • Shrugging Off Positive: Ayn Rand
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted in "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell
  • Feminism in 'The Wizard of Oz'
  • O'Neill's Concept of Tragic Vision in Reference to "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Isolation and Suffering in Poetry
  • Absurdity Between Kafka and Camus
  • An Overview of Postmodernism
  • Dominance and Self-Control of a Psychopathic Cannibal
  • Post 9/11 Racial Profiling of Muslim Americans
  • To Live for God or for Meaning
  • Stages of Human Nature
  • French Existentialism: Albert Camus' 'Myth of the Sisyphus'
  • The Philosophy of Suicide: Albert Camus vs. Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Friedrich Nietzche
  • Argument Paper
  • Postmodernism and Social Praxis
  • The Dual Nature of Man in Young Goodman Brown
  • Review of Herbert Schlossberg's Book, Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture
  • Summary of "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" by Nicholas Carr
  • The Need for Brutality in A Clockwork Orange
  • Philosophy and Multiculturalism: Searle, Rorty, and Taylor
  • The Lord of the Rings: Our Motivation in Committing Evil Acts
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Modernism in Literature
  • The Trickster in Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire
  • Twain and the Damned Human Race
  • Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Exploring Existentialism and the Character Leanord in the Film, Memento
  • Opposing Viewpoints on Depression
  • Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness
  • Yank’s Absurd Inheritance in The Hairy Ape
  • Critical analysis on "A good man is hard to find"
  • Hamlet Essay Holly Silm
  • Hitler - A Method to His Madness
  • Kosinski's Being There and the Existential Anti-Hero
  • The Radical Nature of Social Contract Theorists
  • Importance of Relationships
  • Reflection Memo of 'Every Cook Can Govern'
  • Aristotle vs. Hobbes: Equality.
  • Perspectivism and Truth in Nietzsche’s Philosophy: A Critical Look at the Apparent Contradiction
  • The Meaning of Life from Different Writers
  • Trainspotting Film Analysis
  • Cleanth Brooks's Essay Irony as a Principle of Structure
  • Themes in Albert Camus' "The Plague."
  • What is Existentialism?

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