Beyond Good and Evil

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Always provocative, the Friedrich Nietzsche of Beyond Good and Evil (1886) is at once sceptical psychologist and philosopher-seer, passionately unmasking European society with his piercing insights and uncanny prescience. This masterpiece of his maturity considers quintessential Nietzschean topics such as the origins and nature of Judaeo-Christian morality; the end of philosophical dogmatism and beginnings of perspectivism; the questionable virtues of science and scholarship; liberal democracy, nationalism, and ...
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Overview

Always provocative, the Friedrich Nietzsche of Beyond Good and Evil (1886) is at once sceptical psychologist and philosopher-seer, passionately unmasking European society with his piercing insights and uncanny prescience. This masterpiece of his maturity considers quintessential Nietzschean topics such as the origins and nature of Judaeo-Christian morality; the end of philosophical dogmatism and beginnings of perspectivism; the questionable virtues of science and scholarship; liberal democracy, nationalism, and women's emancipation. Written in his most masterful style, full of irreverence and brio, this extraordinary book dissects self-deluding human behaviour, bankrupt intellectual traditions, and the symptoms of social decadence, while at the same time advancing an extra-moral wisdom to be shared by those kindred souls who think 'beyond good and evil'.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140449235
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 203,168
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche 15 October 1844 - 25 August 1900) was a German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and aphorism.
Nietzsche's key ideas include the Apollonian/Dionysian dichotomy, perspectivism, the Will to Power, the "death of God", the Übermensch and eternal recurrence. One of the key tenets of his philosophy is the concept of "life-affirmation," which embraces the realities of the world we live now in over the idea of a world beyond. It further champions the creative powers of the individual to strive beyond social, cultural, and moral contexts. His radical questioning of the value and objectivity of truth has been the focus of extensive commentary, and his influence remains substantial, particularly in the continental philosophical schools of existentialism, postmodernism, and post-structuralism. His ideas of individual overcoming and transcendence beyond structure and context have had a profound impact on late-twentieth and early-twenty-first century thinkers, who have used these concepts as points of departure in the development of their philosophies, as seen in the social and political thought of Roberto Mangabeira Unger.
Nietzsche began his career as a classical philologist - a scholar of Greek and Roman textual criticism - before turning to philosophy. In 1869, at age twenty-four, he was appointed to the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, the youngest individual to have held this position. He resigned in the summer of 1879 due to health problems that plagued him most of his life. In 1889, at age forty-four, he suffered a collapse and a complete loss of his mental faculties. The breakdown was later ascribed to atypical general paresis due to tertiary syphilis, but this diagnosis has come into question. Re-examination of Nietzsche's medical evaluation papers show that he almost certainly died of brain cancer. Nietzsche lived his remaining years in the care of his mother until her death in 1897, after which he fell under the care of his sister Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche until his death in 1900.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Further Reading Translator's Note

BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL

Preface Part One: On the Prejudices of Philosophers Part Two: The Free Spirit Part Three: The Religious Nature Part Four: Maxims and Interludes Part Five: On the Natural History of Morals Part Six: We Scholars Part Seven: Our Virtues Part Eight: People and Fatherlands Part Nine: What Is Noble?
From High Mountains: Epode Commentary Chronology

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    This book is beyond good

    This is a must read. It provides valuable insight into the herd and how the herd manipulates the individual. Nietzsche's analysis of society is courageous and bold. For those that have never read Nietzsche, it may take a while to truly understand this book. He takes controversial stands, not all of which I am in agreement with. But that is why I am reviewing his book and not mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2006

    Great

    The best collection of aphorisms I have read so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    My story pt 1

    Ok so here is the story of my life. I think youll find it boring but oh well. I have no real memory of my child hood untill i was five moons old. I had four brothers and one sister. I canot remember her name or my brothers'. My dad was darkclaw of bloodclan. When we were under attack by revenge clan. Bloodclan did not used to be strong mind that. My dad stayed in the nusery fighting off all cats. i remember one of my brothers left and was never seen ir heard from again. Untill later but read part 2 . Anyway, revengestar walked in. My dad fought him. Revengestar killed him instantly. He started rounding up the kits and my sister was next. I jumped on revengestars ear and it tore so i got a tighter grip. He yowled in pain while the kits ran away. I jumped and ran for my life. He was aboutto get me when... Moonclan renforcements. A warrior named moonfur took me to the safty of moonclan camp. I stayed there hoping there were survivors. Read part 2 for more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Gmu

    Im talking about the game for the playstation 2. Please, if you ever get the chance, play it. Such a beutiful game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Great book I read it in college

    Friedrich Nietzscsche search for God in the end the man did believe in God!

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