Moralities Are a Sign-Language of the Affects

@article{Leiter2013MoralitiesAA,
  title={Moralities Are a Sign-Language of the Affects},
  author={B. Leiter},
  journal={Social Philosophy & Policy},
  year={2013},
  volume={30},
  pages={237-258}
}
  • B. Leiter
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology, Psychology
  • Social Philosophy & Policy
The essay offers an interpretation and defense of Nietzsche's claim that moral judgments are "symptoms" or "sign-languages" of the affects. I argue that (1) Nietzsche has a non-cognitivist view of "basic" affective or emotional responses of inclination and aversion (which are the products of "drives"), but that he recognizes the role that culture plays in how the non-cognitive responses are experienced by agents; (2) the role of culture in explaining moral judgment is compatible with what I… Expand
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