Nietzsche and decadence: The revaluation of morality
Author: Scott, J.
Source: Continental Philosophy Review, Volume 31, Number 1, January 1998 , pp. 59-78(20)
Abstract:The creation of moralities is necessary for the enhancement of the species, yet, the assigning of values is a sign of decadence. According to Nietzsche, this is the problem of decadence with which human beings (in particular philosophers) must contend: they must place a value on life, but placing a value on life (even on one's individual life) is problematic because it involves fracturing the whole of life into pieces. The primary objective in this paper is to address Nietzsche's own battle with the problem of decadence as it applies to individuals. I will argue that in this battle, Nietzsche carried out a revaluation of decadence and transformed himself into a “strong decadent”. In calling himself a strong decadent, Nietzsche not only admitted to his own decadence, but also provided himself as an example for how other strong types might contend with the problem of decadence.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Department of Philosphy, University of Memphis, 327 Clement Hall, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
Publication date: January 1, 1998