Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals: Critical Essays / Edition 1

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This astonishingly rich volume collects the work of an international group of scholars, including some of the best known in academia. Experts in ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, political theory, aesthetics, history, critical theory, and hermeneutics bring to light the best philosophical scholarship what is arguably Friedrich Nietzsche's most rewarding but most challenging text. Including essays that were commissioned specifically for the volume as well as essays revised and edited by their authors, this collection showcases definitive works that have shaped Nietzsche studies alongside new works of interest to students and experts alike. Sections are devoted to the topic of genealogy generally, numerous essays on specific passages, applications of genealogy in later thinkers, and the import of Nietzsche's Genealogy in contemporary politics, ethics, and aesthetics. A lengthy introduction, annotated bibliography, and index make this an extremely useful guide for the classroom and advanced research.

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Editorial Reviews

Lawrence J. Hatab
This volume is an excellent collection of essays. It offers the right mix of perspectives, topics, and settings that will help any reader of theGeneology, students and scholars alike, in navigating one of Nietzsche's most important and challenging texts. Highly recommended.
Duncan Large
This is an exceptionally strong collection, gathering together some of the most insightful commentary on Nietzsche's most important book, of leading scholars in North America, Europe and beyond over the last twenty years. This substantial new volume is a very welcome contribution to the literature and ought to occupy a prominent place on any list of recommended reading for students of Nietzsche's text.
Henry Staten
Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals looms larger in the Nietzsche canon with each passing year. Something about this work speaks to the ethical predicament of modernity in a way that seems to be full of promise and is yet deeply unsettling and enigmatic; hence the continuing, and increasing discussion of this work by philosophers. Christa Acampora's collection brings together an impressive group of writers who have been at the forefront of contemporary debates on the Genealogy, and will for the near future be the standard work of reference on the topic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742542631
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Critical Essays on the Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Christa Davis Acampora is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her numerous publications include A Nietzschean Bestiary , co-edited with Ralph R. Acampora published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2004. She is Executive Editor of The Journal of Nietzsche Studies.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction: In the Beginning: Reading Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals from the Start Part 2 Part I: On Genealogy Chapter 3 1. A "Dionysian drama on the 'fate of the soul'": An Introduction to Reading On the Genealogy of Morality Chapter 4 2. Nietzsche, Re-evaluation and the Turn to Genealogy Chapter 5 3. The Genealogy of Genealogy: Interpretation in Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation and in On the Genealogy of Morals Chapter 6 4. Nietzsche's Style of Affirmation: The Metaphors of Genealogy Chapter 7 5. Nietzsche and the Re-evaluation of Values Chapter 8 6. Genealogy, the Will to Power, and the Problem of a Past Part 9 Part II: Reading the Genealogy : Focused analyses of parts and passages Chapter 10 7. Slave morality, Socrates, and the Bushmen: A Reading of the First Essay of On the Genealogy of Morals Chapter 11 8. Lightning and Flash, Agent and Deed Chapter 12 9. On Sovereignty and Overhumanity: Why It Matters How We Read Nietzsche's Genealogy II:2 Chapter 13 10. Finding the √úbermensch in Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality Chapter 14 11. The Genealogy of Morals and Right Reading: On the Nietzschean Aphorism and the Art of the Polemic Chapter 15 12. We Remain of Necessity Strangers to Ourselves: The key message of Nietzsche's Genealogy Chapter 16 13. Nihilism as Will to Nothingness Part 17 Part III: Critiquing Genealogy Chapter 18 14. The Entwinement of Myth and Enlightenment: Re-reading the Dialectic of Enlightenment Chapter 19 15. Translating, Repeating, Naming: Foucault, Derrida, and The Genealogy of Morals Chapter 20 16. Nietzsche, Deleuze and the Genealogical Critique of Psychoanalysis: Between Church and State Part 21 Part IV: On Politics and Community Chapter 22 17. Nietzsche's Genealogy: Of Beauty and Community Chapter 23 18. Nietzsche and the Jews: The Structure of Ambivalence Chapter 24 19. Nietzschean Viture Ethics Chapter 25 How We Become What We Are: Tracking the "Beasts of Prey"

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