The Inner Moral Self in Tymieniecka’s Vision

  • Krystyna Gorniak-Kocikowska
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 39)


Friedrich Nietzsche claimed that the mistake made by all philosophers before him was that they first accepted a certain system of values, mostly ethical, and only afterwards tried to explain reality. This means that people first make a decision about what is right and what wrong or what is good and bad, and only after this decision is made do they try to explore reality -or rather that part of reality which they first evaluated as good, i.e. worthy of being explored (hence they claim their explanation, the research, to be right). According to Nietzsche, even if the philosophers declared that they searched for the Truth (truth, by the way, is a value too), their real goal was the “majestic building of morality.”1


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    Friedrich Nietzsche, Werke, ed. by Karl Schlechta (Frankfurt am Main Berlin -Wien: Ullstein GmbH, 1972), Vol. 2, p. 13.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krystyna Gorniak-Kocikowska
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Rhode IslandUSA

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