5. In the Preface, 3 (GM), pg. 4, student edition), Nietzsche notes that became a skeptic about morality, early on in life, a skepticism that was also connected with skepticism about God (hence the truth of Judaism and Christianity). a.Is he an agnostic or atheist? b.What are the consequences of his rejection of Theism for morality? c.How would you describe the relationship between the morality he despisesand belief in the Christian God? Can you have the one without the other? 1. A rather obvious counter-argument to Nietzsche’s theory that morality originates in ressentiment toward others who are more powerful is that people are always blaming themselves ! They feel “guilt,” they have a “bad conscience,” and so on. How does Nietzsche respond? 2. Nietzsche seems puzzled or wants us to be puzzled about the social/relational act of promising. How do we account for the moral weight of promising? As he puts it in Second Essay, 1: “To breed an animal with the prerogative to promise – is the paradoxical task with nature has set itself with regard to humankind . . .” Why does he call this a paradoxical task? What makes promising paradoxical?
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