His reasons, however, for choosing Zarathustra of all others to be his mouthpiece, he gives us in the following words:-- "People have never asked me, as they should have done, what the name Zarathustra precisely means in my mouth, in the mouth of the first Immoralist
; for what distinguishes that philosopher from all others in the past is the very fact that he was exactly the reverse of an immoralist
Those who like may peep down under waves that are pretty transparent and see it writhing and twirling, diabolically hideous and slimy, flapping amongst bones, or curling round corpses; but above the waterline, I ask, has not everything been proper, agreeable, and decorous, and has any the most squeamish immoralist
in Vanity Fair a right to cry fie?
The search for a new life has never been easy, and, in fact, it is a difficult task to be an immoralist
. As Lawrence writes in this novella, "It is very much easier to shatter prison bars than to open undiscovered doors to life" (17).
Like them he faces the old world's condemnation as a blasphemer and an immoralist
but it can't be helped.
From today's vantage point it's obvious that Rimbaud belongs to the antinomian or "immoralist
" current in late 19th-century European cultural history, a trend that includes figures as distinct as Marx, Nietzsche, Wilde, and Gide.
This leads finally to "The Immoralist
", the recognition of "unearned wealth...leached" from the consumer.A The street, "like a parasite it leeched away real wealth that originated elsewhere," and accompanied by the recognition that "the stupendous wealth, which presumably embodied scientific, technical, and organizational progress, was also responsible for poverty, with its calamitous social chaos and moral decline."
Frank Langella, who had been a student of Handman's, had just scored a hit Off Broadway in The Immoralist
when, in the spring of 1963, he was invited to audition for the new play.
In "Plato against the Immoralist
" and again, in his article on "Intrinsic Goodness," Williams notes that Plato insists that we pursue justice "for its own sake." If we do not do this, we only have our desires to guide our ethical behavior (p.
His success on television gained him his first screen role in addition to parts in two Broadway plays, See the Jaguar and The Immoralist
The totalizing idea of justifying ethics from a "view from nowhere" can eventually only be met with "moral resistance." (61) To argue that it is faulty in some other way, in a more fundamental sense than the ethical one, would be to play the immoralist
He is the author of Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist
(Harvard University Press, 1995).
option will not be embraced by the weak, Nietzsche makes us aware, but only by those with sufficient wisdom to see what is in their own best interest and sufficient power to avoid recrimination.