Nietzsche and Murdoch’s Theme of Morality One of the nineteenth century’s greatest philosophers is Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche was ideas regarding morality and nature continue to be debated today. Irish Murdoch another great philosopher writer of the 20th century wrote about philosophy regarding religion and nature. Both philosophers discuss the theme of morality in contrasting ways. Nietzsche believes in individual morality from the natural perspective and religion not from nature. Murdoch argues that morality comes from religion itself.
A comparable theme from both Nietzsche and Murdoch is that humans derive their beliefs about human nature from morality. Nietzsche believes morality is living out passions, rather than suppressing them as religion does. Nietzsche denies religious moral values and believes that each individual’s conscience has natural passion to determine what is immoral or moral. Nietzsche believes that as human beings get morality from nature. Nietzsche believes that there are people with a strong morality, who can carry out their passions in life, and there are those who do not have strong inner morals who cannot control their passions in life. Those who cannot control their passions suffer because their passion overpowers them. The greatest of moralities are “those that accommodate nature, the weakest are those that deny it” (Nietzche 535).
Contrasting morality and religion requires examining morality from religion. Nietzsche argues that, since