Review Essay of Janaway & Robertson (Editors), Nietzsche, Naturalism and Normativity (Oxford, 2012)

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2014, Forthcoming

15 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2013

Date Written: December 26, 2013


This volume comprises nine new essays, primarily on various topics in Nietzsche’s ethics, especially his critique of morality, meta-ethics and moral psychology; only one essay primarily concerns the meaning of “naturalism.” The contributors include, besides the editors, several well-known figures in Anglophone Nietzsche studies: R. Lanier Anderson, Nadeem Hussain, Peter Poellner, Bernard Reginster, and Richard Schacht. Of perhaps special interest is that the volume features two essays by well-known moral philosophers, Peter Railton and Alan Thomas, neither of whom has written on Nietzsche previously. Almost all the essays (with the exception of Schacht's) are written to a high standard of scholarly care and philosophical argumentation, and can be read profitably by philosophers not primarily interested in Nietzsche. The volume as a whole is certainly essential for Nietzsche scholars, and some of the essays will interest moral philosophers more generally.

Keywords: Nietzsche, ethics, meta-ethics, moral psychology, Schopenhauer, Kant

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Leiter, Brian, Review Essay of Janaway & Robertson (Editors), Nietzsche, Naturalism and Normativity (Oxford, 2012) (December 26, 2013). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2014, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

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