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Plato Vs Nietzsche The Nature of GoodPlato and Nietzsche have opposing views on the nature of good Plato as demonstrated in the The Cave and Apology believes that Good is absolute This means that he is of the opinion that there is one perfect version of Good for all people whether they are rich or poor powerful or weak However Nietzsche believes in the relative nature of good He thinks that the meaning of good can be different for different groups of people specifically the upper master class and the lower slave classIn The Cave Plato shows that he believes in an absolute and essential Form of Goodness He believes that all earthly Good ie wealth intelligence and wisdom as well as virtues such as courage patience altruism and prudence come from this Good In the Apology he states that no evil can happen to a Good man By this he encourages all men to achieve this Goodness which he claims should be the ultimate goal of men Plato maintains that in order to be good a man ought not to calculate the chance of living or dying he ought only to consider whether in doing anything he is doing right or wrong - acting the part of a Good man or of a bad From his writings in The Cave and the Apology Plato shows his belief in an absolute unalterable Good which man should prize above all elseConversely Nietzsche feels that there are two different sets of morality dependent on class meaning that the nature of good is relative Nietzsche outlines these two systems of morality in Good and Evil Reconsidered The noble man according to Nietzsche follows a master morality and is the arbiter of values He determines what is good honoring everything that he finds in himself He believes that the good man inspires fear The noble man does not see good as being fellow feeling or doing good deeds for
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