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The Question of Ethics: Nietzsche, Foucault, Heidegger

The Question of Ethics: Nietzsche, Foucault, Heidegger

by Charles E. Scott

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As Scott notes in this stimulating and insightful work, normative ethics have been under fire for some time now from philosophers who question the consistency of such systems of values. At first glance, successfully marrying Nietzsche, Foucault, and Heidegger in one book seems unlikely, but Scott manages the job well, charting in Foucault's writings echoes of the analysis of ethical subjectivity begun by Nietzsche in Thus Spake Zarathustra and On the Genealogy of Morals. He then turns to Heidegger and the latter's ethical writings, commenting at length on Heidegger's Rector's Address of 1933, in which he seemed to embrace Nazism enthusiastically. In sum, this is a thoroughly researched and timely contribution to the secondary literature of ethics and should be in the collections of academic institutions with strong philosophy programs.-- Terry Skeats, Bishop's Univ., Lennox ville, Quebec

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Indiana University Press
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Studies in Continental Thought

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