Nietzsche\’s Genealogy of Morals

According to Kant, some values have intrinsic value on their own, and he goes by those values to explain that “Duty carries with itself absolute necessity.” (Baker) Nietzsche disagrees and questions how the values gained their value. Kant determines the moral value by evaluating the principle supporting it despite its consequences. He elaborates good will as being good at your will and not because of consequences. According to the morality of duty, a morality done from duty despite one’s personal interests is moral since it has absolute necessity.

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When the societies were first faced with the need to protect themselves from harm, they had to act civilized to their neighbors instead of birds of prey. The solution to their forgetfulness was achieved by applying mnemonics in the form of pain. When a person committed a crime, he repaid by being punished in a way that was memorable to him and the society. Later, Judeo-Christians morality beliefs identified that criminals are morally bad. Nietzsche believes some values are intrinsic therefore disagreeing with the foundations of Kant’s theory.

Works cited
Schacht, Richard. Nietzsche, Genealogy, Morality. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994. Print..

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