Nietzsche, Genealogy, Morality: Essays on Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals / Edition 1

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Written at the height of the philosopher's intellectual powers, Friedrich Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals has become one of the key texts of recent Western philosophy. Its essayistic style affords a unique opportunity to observe many of Nietzsche's persisting concerns coming together in an illuminating constellation. A profound influence on psychoanalysis, antihistoricism, and poststructuralism and an abiding challenge to ethical theory, Nietzsche's book addresses many of the major philosophical problems and possibilities of modernity.

In this unique collection focusing on the Genealogy, twenty-five notable philosophers offer diverse discussions of the book's central themes and concepts. They explore such notions as ressentiment, asceticism, "slave" and "master" moralities, and what Nietzsche calls "genealogy" and its relation to other forms of inquiry in his work. The book presents a cross section of contemporary Nietzsche scholarship and philosophical investigation that is certain to interest philosophers, intellectual and cultural historians, and anyone concerned with one of the master thinkers of the modern age.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520083189
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1994
  • Series: Philosophical Traditions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 502
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Schacht is Professor of Philosophy and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His most recent books are Nietzsche: Selections (1993) and Making Sense of Nietzsche (1994).

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Table of Contents

Friedrich Nietzsche: A Brief Life
Note on Texts, Translations, and References
1 Nietzsche's Immoralism 3
2 Nietzsche's Immoralism and the Concept of Morality 15
3 Some Remarks on The Genealogy of Morals 35
4 On the Genealogy of Morals - Nietzsche's Gift 49
5 The Return of the Master: An Interpretation of Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals 63
6 Nietzsche and Analytic Ethics 76
7 One Hundred Years of Ressentiment: Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals 95
8 Ressentiment 127
9 Pity and Mercy: Nietzsche's Stoicism 139
10 Nietzsche on Cruelty, Asceticism, and the Failure of Hedonism 168
11 Wagner's Ascetic Ideal According to Nietzsche 193
12 Nietzsche, the Jews, and Ressentiment 214
13 Nietzsche's Minimalist Moral Psychology 237
14 Nietzsche, Hume, and the Genealogical Method 251
15 The Genealogy of Genealogy: Interpretation in Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation and in On the Genealogy of Morals 269
16 Genealogies and Subversions 284
17 The Question of Genealogy 306
18 Genealogy and Critical Method 318
19 Perspectivism in Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals 334
20 Debts Due and Overdue: Beginnings of Philosophy in Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Anaximander 358
21 Reading Ascetic Reading: Toward the Genealogy of Morals and the Path Back to the World 376
22 Of Morals and Menschen 427
23 The Rationale of Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals 449
24 "Have I Been Understood?" 460
Notes on Contributors 469
Bibliography 473
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