In this paper I argue that Nietzsche is a consequentialist, and that his acceptance of the distinction between intrinsic and instrumental value underwrites his investigations into the value of truth and the value of morality. His famous criticisms of utilitarianism are criticisms not of the structure of the theory, but of happiness as the "summum bonum". Nietzsche offers instead that it is life that has intrinsic value. The relationships among his consequentialism and his thoughts on virtue and the experimental life are also explored, and found to form a coherent whole."Was Nietzsche a Consequentialist?"

Steven D. Hales

International Studies in Philosophy

volume 27, number 3, 1995

Pp. 25-34

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