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In Search of Goodness$
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Ruth W. Grant

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226306834

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226306858.001.0001

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The Tragedy of the Goods and the Pursuit of Happiness

The Tragedy of the Goods and the Pursuit of Happiness

The Question of the Good and the Goods

(p.129) Seven The Tragedy of the Goods and the Pursuit of Happiness
In Search of Goodness

Michael Allen Gillespie

University of Chicago Press

This chapter introduces Friedrich Nietzsche in order to address the modern problem with respect to goodness and investigates the problem of the multiplicity of goods as it appears in the Iliad. It indicates that Nietzsche's interpretation of the tragic age of the Greeks is essentially correct. It is suggested that while a different view of the good/goods which builds on Aristotle will probably not replace the dominant liberal view of the goods, it might modify it in ways that would raise liberalism and promote human thriving. The Iliad was a consideration of pleasure, glory, and power. Nietzsche believed that Plato seriously put forth a theory of the forms with a unitary notion of the divine and the good at its peak. Nietzsche and his successors considered liberalism to be a form of decadence and that only a turn to a tragic agonism offers any hope for the future.

Keywords:   goods, goodness, Friedrich Nietzsche, Iliad, Aristotle, liberalism, Plato, pleasure, glory, power

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