On the genealogy of moral pleasure

Large, Duncan (2009) On the genealogy of moral pleasure. German Life and Letters, 62 (3). pp. 255-269. ISSN 0016-8777

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Abstract

This article explores the problematic relation between pleasure and morality in German thought, from the Enlightenment aesthetics of the eighteenth century through to early twentieth-century psychoanalysis. Specifically, by focusing on the status and function of pleasure in the moral analyses of Kant, the post-Kantians Schiller and Schopenhauer, then Nietzsche and finally Freud, it argues for a shift in emphasis, over this period, from the moral evaluation of pleasure to a recognition of the pleasurable value of morality. Along the way, it traces the German reception of the Discourse on the Nature of Pleasure and Pain (1773-81) by the Milanese philosopher and economist Pietro Verri.

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Date Deposited: 01 May 2015 15:12
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URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/53340
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0483.2009.01462.x

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