Critiques on Friedrich Nietzche's Radical Views on Morality

             Friedrich Nietzche, a 19th century German philosopher and writer, was one of the most influential modern thinkers. He was the first major thinker to take seriously the full implications of the historical critique and to apply it to all of a culture's most cherished possessions. He attempted to unmask the root motives that underlie traditional Western religion, morality and philosophy while at the same time creating a deep impact affecting generations of thought and practice by many theologians, philosophers and psychologists. He was a talented intellectual who was criticized by many during his heyday, but this did not prevent him from launching some of the most well written works in history. With his ability to write in various styles he often disguised what his true intentions were in many of his works. .

             Nietzche was heavily criticized by many for his radical views on morality and how the individual needed to reevaluate the values that they possess. He was also criticized for his social and cultural beliefs because they were thought to be an attack on democratic ideas and in a sense, a support of German-Nazism and Communism. Furthermore, he was also criticized for his views on Christianity and his radical thought that "God was dead and we have killed him”. To bring it all together, Nietzche tried to solve the problem(s) of justifying values and morals, but through his witty language he left the answer up to the individual on how to properly balance the two in a manner that best suits his/her beliefs through the guidance of reason. As a psychologist of the human condition Nietzche maintained a solid standpoint on his ideas like "God is dead”, the notion of reason and passion, the "will to power” and the slave and master moralities, all of which I strongly agree with.

             Nietzche's most remarkable claim during his life and the entire "history of philosophy”, (Morgan 242) was that "God is dead”.

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