On the Genealogy of Morals

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On the Genealogy of Morals 1887 is a book about the history of ethics and about interpretation. Nietzsche rewrites the former as a history of cruelty, exposing the central values of the Judaeo-Christian and liberal traditions - compassion, equality, justice - as the product of a brutal process of conditioning designed to domesticate the animal vitality of earlier cultures. The result is a book which raises profoundly disquieting issues about the violence of both ethics and interpretation. Nietzsche questions ...
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On the Genealogy of Morals (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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On the Genealogy of Morals 1887 is a book about the history of ethics and about interpretation. Nietzsche rewrites the former as a history of cruelty, exposing the central values of the Judaeo-Christian and liberal traditions - compassion, equality, justice - as the product of a brutal process of conditioning designed to domesticate the animal vitality of earlier cultures. The result is a book which raises profoundly disquieting issues about the violence of both ethics and interpretation. Nietzsche questions moral certainties by showing that religion and science have no claim to absolute truth, before turning on his own arguments in order to call their very presuppositions into question. The Genealogy is the most sustained of Nietzsche's later works and offers one of the fullest expressions of his characteristic concerns. This edition places his ideas within the cultural context of his own time and stresses the relevance of his work for a contemporary audience.

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: 9780394704012
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1972
  • Series: The World's Classics Ser.

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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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