In the book of Nietzsche called "On the Genealogy of Morals" there is this sentence:

Let us speak out this new demand: we need a critique of moral values, the value of these values is for the first time to be called into question—and for this purpose a knowledge is necessary of the conditions and circumstances out of which these values grew, and under which they experienced their evolution and their distortion (morality as a result, as a symptom, as a mask, as Tartuffism, as disease, as a misunderstanding; but also morality as a cause, as a remedy, as a stimulant, as a fetter, as a drug), especially as such a knowledge has neither existed up to the present time nor is even now generally desired.

So, does anyone know what "Tartuffism" mean? Search over the internet didn't give anything satisfactory. I didn't find corresponding noun or verb. I would be eager to find out what does it mean.

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Tartuffe was a religious hypocrite and the principal character in Moliere's Tartuffe [1664].

literary or humorous
A religious hypocrite, or a hypocritical pretender to excellence of any kind

I would take Tartuffism therefore to mean hypocrisy.

  • Hm... Particularly hear, as the issue is about morality, "Tartuffism" will mean behavioural, mental hypocrisy?! – hrexen Oct 4 '15 at 14:17
  • Yes, I agree--it would mean hypocrisy. I'll edit my answer slightly. – Tragicomic Oct 4 '15 at 15:26

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