On the Genealogy of Morals

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For the first time in Penguin Classics: Nietzsche’s accessible exploration of key ideas in his landmark Beyond Good and Evil—in a lucid new translation

Friedrich Nietzsche claimed that the purpose of On the Genealogy of Morals was to call attention to his previous writings. But in fact the book does much more than that, elucidating and expanding on the cryptic aphorisms of Beyond Good and Evil, and presenting a coherent discussion of morality ...

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Overview

For the first time in Penguin Classics: Nietzsche’s accessible exploration of key ideas in his landmark Beyond Good and Evil—in a lucid new translation

Friedrich Nietzsche claimed that the purpose of On the Genealogy of Morals was to call attention to his previous writings. But in fact the book does much more than that, elucidating and expanding on the cryptic aphorisms of Beyond Good and Evil, and presenting a coherent discussion of morality in a work that is more accessible than much of his previous writings.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The great philosopher's major work on ethics along with Ecce Homo, Nietzsche's remarkable review of his life and works.

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An extended introduction sets Nietzsche's controversial, seminal 1887 work in context. The new translation aims at giving readers, as nearly as is possible, the experience of readers of the German original. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780141195377
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 342,927
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was a philosopher, critic, composer, and poet whose works include Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, Twilight of the Idols, The Antichrist, and his autobiography, Ecce Homo.

Michael A. Scarpitti is an independent scholar of philosophy.

Robert C. Holub is a professor of German at Ohio State University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2015

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    In short, he provides an interesting perspective to an ongoing a

    In short, he provides an interesting perspective to an ongoing and incredibly complex problem, that being the story of morality. It's not to be taken as completely right or wrong, so keep that in mind.

    Also, the other reviews are embarrassing... Let's get a couple things cleared up. 1) He is not anti-"semetic." He sees that slave morality derives form Jewish hatred, but that does not mean that he is speaking out against, slave morality, Jews, or even hatred. 2) It is hard to read because in this "book," he is expecting that you have read his other works critically, so there are a lot of references to be missed. Also, he is a philologist... he uses other words and roots from multiple languages to justify and convey his points, giving them validity from an eclectic use of language roots, if you will. 3) It's genius... Come on.

    That's about that. I would highly suggest Nietzsche, just come back to this one when you have a better understanding of him, or you will be disappointed, as Cobalt_TiNor was, which is why the two star rating is not deserved (because of ignorance).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    A polemic indeed

    Strong anti-semetic messages, but overall an interesting read.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

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    Hard to read

    I don't know if it was just Nietzsche's writing or Horace B. Samuels translation.... but this book was very difficult to read. I understand that it was translated from German or whatever but why is there an entire paragraph in Latin and various sentences and quotes from multiple different languages.

    Other than the difficulty reading it and Nietzsche just being biased, it was an interesting book, not sure if I'm interested in reading more of his stuff but I know I will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    Genious pulling the Genious out from within us

    This man is a great. I strongly suggest reading his numerous works. His insight on humankind is spectacular. I recommend this to all seeking knowledge and wisom. Philosophy is an eye-opening path of self importance and Nietzsche is the PERFECT religious philosopher for those wishing to explore their options.

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