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Single Idea 20370

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 1. Nature of Value / d. Subjective value]

Full Idea

All evaluation is made from a definite perspective: that of the preservation of the individual, a community, a race, a state, a church, a faith, a culture.

Gist of Idea

All evaluation is from some perspective, and aims at survival


Friedrich Nietzsche (The Will to Power (notebooks) [1888], §259)

A Reaction

There seems to be a tension over the source of values in Nietzsche. Are they the individualistic visions of an übermensch, or do they arise from the collective pressures of one of these social groups? I suspec that his answer tries to combine them.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'The Will to Power', ed/tr. Kaufmann,W /Hollingdate,R [Vintage 1968], p.149