How Not to Read Nietzsche's Ethics: The Case of Thomas Stern

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2021

6 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2021

Date Written: July 11, 2021

Abstract

The essay examines Thomas Stern's NIETZSCHE'S ETHICS (Cambridge, 2020), which purports to offer an account of Nietzsche's "late" ethics as involving what Stern calls a "Life Theory" according to which all living things seek power and it is "ethical" to support this effort. I show that, throughout the volume, Stern either makes claims unsupported by textual evidence or misreads the textual evidence in flat-footed ways. The result is a volume that is both superficial and highly misleading about Nietzsche's work.

Keywords: Nietzsche, ethics, Thomas Stern, Maudemarie Clark, will to power

Suggested Citation

Leiter, Brian, How Not to Read Nietzsche's Ethics: The Case of Thomas Stern (July 11, 2021). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3884481

Brian Leiter (Contact Author)

University of Chicago ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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