Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"The Death of God and the Death of Morality"

A new draft paper, here.

1 comment:

adam said...

Thanks for posting this. As an interested non-professional (perhaps not your audience, granted), I'm functionally drowning in two questions that might be interesting to address more explicitly in your paper, as I can't picture any practical expression of non-egalitarianism in Nietzsche's mind.

Q1: Why is moral egalitarianism posed as a binary?

For example, I believe that society can morally cancel my cherished coffee house gig if a resurrected zombie Beethoven offers to play (greater good). Steinway can morally give him first pick of their new pianos (free choice). I don't feel society is morally entitled to a decimating portion of his wealth (capitalist). Yet I also find it fairly obvious that such a Beethoven shouldn't be legally allowed to rape you.

So, which one am I?-- anti/non or egalitarian?

Q2: In the Trolley Problem, why does it matter if Beethoven gets to write that symphony or not? Is it not an appeal to a "greater good"? And if one argues by appeal to such vague intuitions, how can arguing a moderate egalitarian view on the basis of competing intuitions (like pragmatism) be considered so problematically unfounded?

I don't expect you to answer all this. Links/hints appreciated.