He absolutely did not. There's no "it". It's material taken from his notebooks that was never intended to form the body of a single book.mdsimpson92 wrote:My ethics professor is a huge fan of "After Virtue." I don't really consider Will to Power to be the best source for Nietzsche. I don't think he even intended to publish it.
Agh, it's complicated. Remember the part in Genealogy of Morals where he talks about how a society or individual overflowing with wealth and power can afford to overlook crimes? "What is this to me? Nothing" or words to that effect - don't have the book in front of me - whereas the individual or society in dire straits becomes more retaliative and punitive. For Nietzsche, magnanimity and good will come from inner greatness, and mean spiritedness comes from inner poverty. People who are small in spirit stew and fuss over every slight, real or imagined.Thus we would not be able to relate to them on that level. The Ubermensch is making a morality for humans with whom he cannot empathise with, thus his "code" become arbitrary.
Nietzsche's virtue is the bestowing virtue.
He's not talking about material wealth! I guess if you were a thick objectivist you could misread this pretty easily though.Tell me now: how did gold come to have the highest value? Because it is uncommon and useless and gleaming and mild in its luster; it bestows itself always.
Only as the image of the highest virtue did gold come to have the highest value. Goldlike gleams the gaze of the bestower. Golden luster makes peace between moon and sun.
Uncommon is the highest virtue and useless, it is gleaming and mild in its luster: a bestowing virtue is the highest virtue.
Truly, I guess you well, my disciples: like me you strive for the bestowing virtue. What would you have in common with cats or wolves? [note: predators]
This is your thirst: to become sacrifices and gifts yourselves, and there- fore you thirst to amass all riches in your soul.
Insatiably your soul strives for treasures and gems, because your virtue is insatiable in wanting to bestow.
You compel all things to and into yourselves, so that they may gush back from your well as the gifts of your love.
Indeed, such a bestowing love must become a robber of all values, but hale and holy I call this selfishness.
There is another selfishness, one all too poor, a hungering one that always wants to steal; that selfishness of the sick, the sick selfishness.
With the eye of the thief it looks at all that gleams; with the greed of hunger it eyes those with ample food; and always it creeps around the table of the bestowers.
Sickness speaks out of such craving and invisible degeneration; the thieving greed of this selfishness speaks of a diseased body.
Tell me, my brothers: what do we regard as bad and worst? Is it not degeneration? – And we always diagnose degeneration where the bestowing soul is absent.
I will watch out for a copy.I would seriously recommend After Virtue. It basically helped revive virtue ethics as a major contender.