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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (12 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405160055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405160056
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gareth Southwell is a philosopher, writer and illustrator. He is currently working on a beginner's guide to the theory of knowledge for Wiley-Blackwell, and "50 Philosophy of Science Ideas You Really Need to Know" (Quercus) is due out Sept 2013. His previous publications include "Words of Wisdom" (Quercus), "A Beginner's Guide to Descartes's Meditations" and "A Beginner's Guide to Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil" (both for Wiley-Blackwell), and "Philosophy: Key Texts" and "Philosophy: Key Themes" (Palgrave), second editions co-authored with Julian Baggini. He has examined for AQA and the WJEC, and runs the website, which has been going since around 2001. As well as in numerous books and magazines, his illustrations have appeared in The Philosophers' Magazine and he is a regular contributor of articles to Avanti magazine. He graduated from Swansea University before obtaining a PhD at Newport University on the subject of philosophical controversies related to the definition of death.

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"Anyone teaching Beyond Good and Evil will want to keep a copy of this close to hand. For those who are familiar with the texts it will help to reinvogorate their approach and for those teaching the text for the first time it will provide an excellent guide to the complexities of Nietzsche′s ideas." George McWilliams, Head of Philosophy and Ethics, Ullswater Community College

"Gareth Southwell s Beginner s Guide is an outstanding introduction to Nietzsche s text: lively and approachable in tone, yet rigorous and insightful in its handling of the material. A comprehensive and well–informed treatment, this book judiciously blends detailed analysis and illuminating explanation with more wide–ranging discussion. It has some stand–out features that make it extremely helpful for the student, and represents an excellent guide not only to the text and its contexts, but more broadly to the terms and techniques of philosophical debate." Duncan Large, Swansea University and the Friedrich Nietzsche Society

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Nietzsche s Beyond Good And Evil is, without, doubt one of the landmark works of modern philosophy. First published in 1886 it contained the author s mature thinking on such topics as truth, God, morality and the Will to Power, and unleashed a radical new philosophical sensibility which was to have an enormous impact on the intellectual and political landscape of the 20th Century.

A Beginner s Guide to Nietzsche s Beyond Good and Evil offers a concise and readable summary of this difficult text, geared toward students embarking on their studies (at A–level, or on undergraduate degree courses) and general readers. Well–illustrated with tables, diagrams, and images, it provides a clear explanation of the ideas, arguments and terminology to be found in Nietzsche s often enigmatic prose, and balances this with critical analysis. It also provides references to further readings, a glossary of difficult terms and relevant biographical and historical information, making A Beginner s Guide to Nietzsche s Beyond Good and Evil an ideal companion for those new to the study of this challenging and often misunderstood classic.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Condliffe on 16 Jun. 2009
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Beyond Good and Evil, much like Nietzsche's philosophy generally, is something of a conundrum. This guide by Gareth Southwell provides clear explanations of all the individual sections of the text, as well as drawing together the key themes that arise throughout. As a teacher, I found it particularly helpful due to the inclusion of plenty of evaluation points, something normally lacking in analyses of Nietzsche's work but essential to prepare students for their A level examinations. I recommended it to my students this year and was heartened to see a number of copies make their way into the classroom. I'm convinced that this guide will greatly improve their revision for this unit.
More guides on more areas of philosophy please Gareth!
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