Between East and West: Religion and Morality in the Thought of Nietzsche, Zen Buddhism and Jordan Peterson

Christopher Ryan Maboloc


This paper investigates the proximate relation between religion and morality through the shared features of the philosophy of F. Nietzsche, Zen Buddhism, and the psychologist Jordan Peterson. Peterson associates the concept of multiple hierarchies in the evolution of life and society to the behavior of lobsters, also drawing from religion, psychology, and Nietzsche’s thought. While finding a common theme between Eastern and Western philosophy appears difficult if we follow Peterson’s concept of an ethos, this study will reveal that transcendence as self-overcoming is a dominant idea that can be found in all three perspectives.


Nietzsche; Zen; Peterson; Self-overcoming; Ethos

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