Morality Vs. Morality : Morality And Morality

912 WordsOct 30, 20154 Pages
When Iris Murdoch speaks of morality, she acknowledges it as a gateway to religion. She assumes that we connect our moral behavior to our own wisdom and experiences or to the control of religion. Friedrich Nietzsche, a highly pessimistic immoralist on the other hand, believes that our lives should not be controlled by such religious moral codes set forth by the Church. We, as people, should have the will to power when it comes to morality. Although Iris Murdoch’s Morality and Religion and Friedrich Nietzsche’s Morality as Anti-Nature have similarities as regards to their theme, Murdoch’s very neutral position on the effects of religion toward morality and hopeful attitude to God’s existence allows constructive criticism to be made by Nietzsche. “Morality—religion believes in the reality of the perfect good. And in the demand that good be victorious and evil destroyed.” (Murdoch 370) In the eyes of saints or religious people, morality is seen as exceptionally good and is greatly influenced by religious code. Murdoch further explains, though, that although religion and morality go hand in hand, the “good” in a person can be possessed by basic personality traits and personal experience. Religion is not the only way to be morally upright. Nietzsche would agree with this notion. Like Murdoch, Nietzsche believes that the tendency to do bad things and go against what is right is what seems natural to a person. Instead of being forced by religion, to live morally upright, people

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