Nietzsche and Plato on the Judgment that “Being Is Good”

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Abstract

The present remarks distill some observations of mine about Nietzsche and specifically about his relation to Plato and “Platonism.” However, since I am neither a Nietzsche scholar nor even a Nietzschean, the decent thing to do in such a situation is at least to speak with one’s cards on the table.1 Nietzsche’s place among thinkers and spiritual diagnosticians of the first rank is clear to me beyond question. Also clear is this: rich as he is in insights of great variety, Nietzsche perpetually circles around a single, central question, that of the sheer value of existence and how it may now be grounded, on the assumption that all previous philosophical and theological grounds have fallen away for the inhabitants of late modernity. Nietzsche saw, in other words, that modernity, through its own internal dynamic, has left us stranded with the question: What is mankind for, anyhow? (Wozu Mensch überhaupt?).2 Finally, it is clear to me that Nietzsche believed himself to have achieved such a new grounding, a new way of answering the question and making human life matter, and to have done so, for the f irst time, free of the taint of “Platonism.”
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-61
JournalKronos Philosophical Journal
Volume12
StatePublished - Dec 2023

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