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Difficulties of Ethical Life$
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Shannon Sullivan and Dennis J. Schmidt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229734

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229734.001.0001

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In the Name of Goodness

In the Name of Goodness

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(p.11) 1 In the Name of Goodness
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Difficulties of Ethical Life
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Charles E. Scott

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823229734.003.0002

This chapter examines goodness in the context of moral virtues. By reflecting on David Wood's reading of Nietzsche on revenge through Martin Heidegger's account of temporality, the author opens up an alternative to goodness that is based on the indifference of time. It reveals that if goodness falls under the jurisdiction of motivating values (such as revenge), then it may be worth living a life that is neither good nor bad, and thus it can be responsive to the gift of time that affirms the impossibility of thorough completion.

Keywords:   ethics, goodness, moral virtues, Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, temporality, time

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