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date: 11 July 2020

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This article examines Nietzsche’s conception of values and how he uses it to evaluate values and justify his own. It distinguishes several different senses of “life”—biological, human, phenomenal, personal, poetic—and shows how the first four are combined in Nietzsche’s analysis of humans as complexes of drives deposited during the deep history of biological and cultural evolution. It addresses the question: what authority does life have, what criterion does it give for revaluing values, and what correction in our values does this criterion dictate?

Keywords: values, Friedrich Nietzsche, drives

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