nietzsche - "Custom represents the experiences of men of...

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“Custom represents the experiences of men of earlier times as to what they supposed useful and harmful - but the sense for custom (morality) applies, not to these experiences as such, but to the age, the sanctity, the indiscussability of the custom. And so this feeling is a hindrance to the acquisition of new experiences and the correction of customs: that is to say, morality is a hindrance to the development of new and better customs: it makes stupid.” (19). In his novel Daybreak , Friedrich Nietzsche attacks morality and says that is outdated. In the quote above, Nietzsche states that “morality is a hindrance to the development of new and better customs.” He believes that morality is now based on the society and the customs of that society. He believes that people base their decisions only because there society teaches them to do so. “To admit a belief merely because it is a custom - but that means to be dishonest, cowardly, lazy! - And so could dishonesty, cowardice and laziness be the preconditions for morality?” (101).
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Padmanaban during the Spring '06 term at Kenyon.

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