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Analysis Of Nietzsche's Mr. Daredevil-Curiosity

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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 reader an account of the true nature of morality. In this essay I will particularly focus upon the first essay of Nietzsche’s On The Genealogy of Morals that, through the use of metaphoric and dramatic language, cites ‘ressentiment’ as the catalyst of our modern day morals. I will primarily outline Nietzsche’s argument (with particular focus upon his metaphor of the workshop in section 12), secondly identify some internal inconsistencies in his argument (looking in particular at his slightly confusing portrayal of ‘masters’ and ‘slaves), and finally attempt to salvage Nietzsche’s argument through a re-evaluation of how to interpret his writing (appealing to Christopher Janaway’s interpretation of the Genealogy of Morals).

Nietzsche’s Mr. Daredevil-Curiosity report

Let us briefly suppose that I recently bought a new gold watch. I was particularly happy that my watch was made of the finest, and rarest, gold in the area. Suppose, though, that one day I passed the factory where it was made, and ...

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...e’s rhetoric, we must not take all the small details so seriously such as the exact characterisation of the Slave and Master Race. Rather we must appreciate that in characterising the two races in this light, Nietzsche simply wanted to make his readers feel a certain way, and perhaps the only way he could do that in a particular instance in his writing was through the use of hyperbolic language.

As a reader I was certainly moved by Nietzsche’s reading, and if we are to accept Janaway’s re-interpretation, then perhaps this is enough to convince us of the idea of the Slave Revolt in morality. Thus in conclusion, if we interpret on the Genealogy of Morals as an experience- as a journey for the reader from a state of certainty in his morals to a state of somewhat revulsion- then we can conclude that Nietzsche’s arguments as presented in essay one are very convincing.
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