3. It seems that Nietzsche is aware of Darwin’s theory of evolution, that what exists now, especially animal species, is the result of successful adaptation to one’s environment. Everything is a result nature and its processes. Call this naturalism.
What problems does this present Western Civilization as he knew it, and, for the most part, as we know it? What challenge does it pose for morality? 4. Now that you have finished reading the second essay, use all that you have read to interpret Nietzsche’s rhetorical question: “What if a regressive trait lurked in ‘the good man,’ likewise a danger, an enticement, a poison, a narcotic, so that the present lived at the expense of the future ?” (GM, Preface 6). 5.Nietzsche has been variously interpreted as a skeptic, a nihilist, a relativist or a moral objectivist. Select one of these epithets, clarify the charge(s), and sift all of the assigned readings in GM for evidence for or against the charge. Which is the most apt description? 6.As we close this class discussion, how should we evaluate Nietzsche’s philosophical views on morality? Should we regard them as more rationally compelling than the alternatives (what are the alternatives)? Dangerous?
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