Philosophy Essay

1328 WordsNov 25, 20146 Pages
Everyone is equal. That is the idea that us as human beings were raised on by our parents. We as humans believe that we are all equal, and as a right feel that we deserve to be treated as such. John S. Mills believed in this type of ideology, with his school of thought focusing on the utility of people. He firmly believed that we as humans have the right to happiness and with that in mind, each person has an equal say in the actions that will affect said happiness. Friedrich Nietzsche on the other hand has an opposing view on the matter of equality. He does not believe that we humans are equals. Based on societal constructs, we are either the oppressed or oppressors. He also believed that there are two types of people in society, the sick and healthy. The sick are detrimental to society and need to be separated from the healthy in society; the healthy not need to concern themselves with the sick. Based on these ideologies of these two philosophers, Nietzsche would criticize Mill’s ethics. Mill’s Utilitarianism ethics is compatible to Christian morals in that it is grounded on the idea of “to love your neighbor as yourself” (II, p. 17). In fact Mill declares his ethic is one of the most religious ethics stating, “If it be a true belief that God desires, above all things, the happiness of his creatures, and that this was his purpose in their creation, utility is not only not a godless doctrine, but more profoundly religious than any other” (II, pg 22). Utilitarianism is a flexible enough ethic that it is able to incorporate individual beliefs, like many other spiritual humanism movements. This allowed Mill to include teachings of Jesus as evidence of its comprehensive nature. Nietzsche would be critical of Mill’s ethic since Nietzsche thought of it as an ethic based on Master-Slave morality. Nietzsche despised Christianity since he felt it embodied the

More about Philosophy Essay

Open Document