Morality, the topic at focus, is the vertebral column of the first aphorism of the section “ Those

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Morality, the topic at focus, is the vertebral column of the first aphorism of the section “ Those Who “Improve” Humanity”, in Friedrich Nietzsche’s book, “Twilight of the Idols”. In an attempt too explain what it entails, the text is to be split down into five divisions. The first section extends from line 1 unto line 4, the second; lines 4-7, the third; lines 7-11, the fourth; lines 11-12 and finally the fifth proceeds up until line 17. The first section, embraces Nietzsche’s estimation of the qualities and the worth of philosophers. He opines, that “they place themselves beyond good and evil”, concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior; that is morality. The reason for so doing, according to him, is for philosophers to…show more content…
The reason thereof is, that they contain “nothing but nonsense” at all times. The closing section, introduces a different viewpoint of Nietzsche’s. In concession, he states that moral judgments are “semiotically invaluable”, which means that the way moral judgments function and the manner, in which they have come to signify what they do, is extremely useful. According to him, moral judgments, serve as a divulgence of precious and beneficial realities of “cultures and inner states”. He holds this statement as true, exclusively to those who are knowledgeable. He describes the “inner states” as those who do not have sufficient knowledge to comprehend themselves. Nietzsche further elaborates what morality is by providing an additional definition for the word. It is a “sign language”, he suggests. It is a sign for the existence of something, which would only be useful if its intrinsic nature is known. Hence, he calls it a “symptomatology”. From my division of the aphorism and the above stated explanations of each section, it could be inferred that Nietzsche is a moral relativism protagonist. His statement: “there are no moral facts at all”, reveals such classification. A probable significance of what he means by “moral” is, the concern with the principles of right and wrong behavior. Affirming my apprehension of his words, Nietzsche states his belief regarding the philosophers, as follows; “they place themselves beyond good and evil”. In any

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