What does Nietzsche’s Mr. Daredevil-Curiosity report, when he metaphorically peers into the
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What does Nietzsche’s Mr. Daredevil-Curiosity report, when he metaphorically peers into the workshop within which moral ideals are fabricated (GM I.14)? How convincing are his claims?
Humanity, according to Nietzsche, is infected by an illness. It is the kind of illness that has infected every single man, religious or non-religious alike. It is his aim to release his readers from the illness. In much the same way as a doctor, he wishes to do so by primarily sourcing the cause of the illness, and secondly by diagnosing it. It is Nietzsche’s belief that this metaphoric illness is morality.
It is a striking project; comprised of three essays- each with the aim of stripping the reader’s pre-conceptions of morality, and instead offering the…show more content… Continuing the image, Nietzsche refers to some unseen people talking in hushed tones in the workshop. In this workshop where ideals are made, ‘weakness is being praised as achievement’ and ‘impotence into goodness’ . It is in this revelation Nietzsche expects his readers to be shocked, and even angry, that their morals are based upon lies.
The Inner workings of the workshop. How our morals have changed over time
Thus far I have explained Nietzsche’s notion that our moral system is based upon a set of lies fabricated by a group of people. At this point in the essay I am happy to accept Nietzsche’s observation that our morals are perhaps not quite what they may seem on the surface. Having accepted Nietzsche’s first proposition ( that our system of morals are perhaps not quite as they seem), I will now evaluate his reasoning.
Nietzsche begins his account by identifying two basic types of evaluative moral outlook: ‘Master morality’ and ‘Slave morality’. Master morality refers to moral codes descended from the aristocratic classes, and slave morality to moral codes descended from the weak and poor herd.
Master morality is characterised by the value opposition of good and bad. ‘Goodness’ is dependent upon the