Conclusion: Army of Metaphors

The general conceptualisation of the dynamics and structures of moral change this book argues for has the following three characteristics. Firstly, that there is no particular type of dynamic necessary for moral change, and that the dynamics of moral chan

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Dynamics, Structure, and Normativity Cecilie Eriksen

Moral Change

Cecilie Eriksen

Moral Change Dynamics, Structure, and Normativity

Cecilie Eriksen Utrecht University Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Dedicated to my parents, Bjarne and Lise.


Yet to admit the dying of knowledge, as to endure the dying of love, as to succumb to the death of God and of poetry, may be all that fits one for rebirth. (Cavell 1999: 449)

This started out as a curiosity quest and ended as a book of betrayal. An old fascination with Nietzsche’s call to ‘move beyond good and evil’ turned into speculations on what actually does lead to moral changes— and how, if the values of his own society were rotten and infected with an unhealthy form of religion, did Nietzsche find the resources to ethically criticize them? In the following philosophical investigations of moral change, I attempt to pay justice to several different aspects of the ethical, which are all essential, but difficult to balance and hold together in one outlook on life. These are aspects like change and continuity, human dependency and human freedom, what is common to humans and different between people and peoples, the immanent and the transcending aspect of morality as well as the ethical as being sui generis (i.e. not being reducible to, e.g. the social, legal, political, economic and biological) and po