Nietzsche on Generosity and the Gift-Giving Virtue

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Generosity and gift-giving are important themes in Nietzsche's philosophy. This essay focuses on Nietzsche's idea of the gift-giving virtue which is explicitly discussed at the end of Part One of Thus Spoke Zarathustra. I begin with a critical discussion of this section, and then I consider three different interpretations. Finally, I look at some ways in which the idea of the gift-giving virtue may be understood in terms of spiritual generosity, leading to sovereignty as its ultimate goal. Throughout, there are important comparisons to be made between Nietzsche's account of generosity and the traditional viewpoint.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-364
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Journal for the History of Philosophy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 3 2016


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  • Philosophy

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