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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: August 2019

Part III - Nietzschean Virtues

  • Mark Alfano
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • pp 137-252


In this chapter, Alfano explores the Nietzschean virtue of curiosity. Curiosity, in this reading, is a drive to engage in and positively evaluate the process of inquiry, especially challenging inquiry into difficult and problematic questions. If this is right, then curiosity is less about static states (e.g., true belief, settled knowledge) and more about epistemic activity in its own right. Alfano connects his account of Nietzschean curiosity both with a large number of relevant passages from Nietzsche's writings and with contemporary accounts of intellectual virtue and vice. In so doing, he establishes curiosity as an intellectual virtue worthy of the attention of both Nietzsche scholars and contemporary virtue epistemologists.