Customer Reviews


18 Reviews
5 star:
 (10)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:
 (2)
1 star:
 (2)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best place to start with Nietzsche
Many start with the better-known "Thus spoke Zarathoustra" but this book is a clearer and more accessible exposition of Nietzsche's mature philosophy. The book is organized under chapter headings dealing with the main areas Nietzsche was concerned with : philosophy and philosophers, religion, art, the genealogy of morals etc. as well as various brilliant aphorisms. Above...
Published on 12 Mar 2007 by Mr. Peter Coville

versus
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future
In Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche accuses past philosophers of lacking critical sense and blindly accepting dogmatic premises in their consideration of morality. Specifically, he accuses them of founding grand metaphysical systems upon the faith that the good man is the opposite of the evil man, rather than just a different expression of the same basic impulses that find...
Published 19 months ago by Eggy


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best place to start with Nietzsche, 12 Mar 2007
By 
Mr. Peter Coville "peter" (Reading, UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Many start with the better-known "Thus spoke Zarathoustra" but this book is a clearer and more accessible exposition of Nietzsche's mature philosophy. The book is organized under chapter headings dealing with the main areas Nietzsche was concerned with : philosophy and philosophers, religion, art, the genealogy of morals etc. as well as various brilliant aphorisms. Above all, do not believe the bitter reviews of those who were probably looking for a manual of traditional or religious morality - Nietzsche's aim was precisely to attack these and replace them with something better. But beyond his polemical aspect, Nietzsche is an ESSENTIAL philosopher for our self-understanding because he reintroduced the body into the western philosophical tradition, thus reversing the idealistic tradition which started with Plato. Thus he is of the highest importance whether or not one agrees with all of his conclusions. This is the best and clearest introduction to his thought.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read but difficult to understand, 19 Feb 2013
This review is from: Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Like all books by Nietzsche, this one contains brilliant thoughts, brilliantly written down. Here is my favourite fragment, much abbreviated: "Everything profound loves the mask; the profoundest things of all hate even image and parable. Should not nothing less than the opposite be the proper disguise under which the shame of god goes abroad?...Every profound spirit needs a mask: more, around every profound spirit a mask is continually growing, thanks to the constantly false, that is to say shallow interpretation of every word he speaks, every step he takes, every sign of life he gives" (BGE: 40).

But as Kaufmann has warned us, Nietzsche is easy to read but difficult to understand. This self-riddling style goes back to Heraclitus, Nietzsche's most revered pre-Socratic. And Pythia of Delphi was not lacking ambiguity in her pronouncements either.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future, 12 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
In Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche accuses past philosophers of lacking critical sense and blindly accepting dogmatic premises in their consideration of morality. Specifically, he accuses them of founding grand metaphysical systems upon the faith that the good man is the opposite of the evil man, rather than just a different expression of the same basic impulses that find more direct expression in the evil man.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Bran Flakes for the Soul, 4 Feb 2011
By 
Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Nietzsche divorced society surrendering social contact but meanwhle carefully plotted its downfall. Not with the nihilistic fevour of Gabril Princeps. Nietzsche did not want to destroy the Austrian monarchy. He wanted to do something much more grandiose, much more extreme than simple assassination. He wanted to change the thoughts inside the head.

Just as Christianity had programmed the world for two thousand years with its doctrines of sin and salvation, capturing the dreamworlds of a populace born into submission, Nietzche wanted to find the key to liberation. Merely throwing Molotov Cocktails or firing pistols or detonating bombs was never enough. He knew that words and thoughts had a far greater impact than any form of incendary detonation.

This book is verbal dynamite sparking off reams of emotional powerful light beams of right and left but never the centre. Nietzsche was all about extremes. The old gentlemanly strolls across the lawn reciting Homer, reading Aristophanes, Euripedes, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates and the New Testament is torn asunder by a verbal shoulder charge.

The New Testament and its adherents are shredded one by one in a police line up where each are denounded as the greatest hypocritical monsters since the last saviour of souls. Interestingly he is kind to Jesus but severe on the prophets. God of course is dead and so is the morality play built up his hallucinated appearance. Once disposed of then morality collapses as there can be no appeal to a higher authority if he no longer exists. This leads to the existential crisis bridged by the over man who transcends disbelief through application of the will.

Good and Evil are the twin polarities of the morality show. Fred moves beyond this duality shredding it with the verve of Stirner a predecessor. When it collapses everything is allowed. The only limits are those imposed by the self. Nothing else exists apart from being able to vent individual strength as the man of power moves beyond the confines of the "herd." This is the group that binds the man to current beliefs.

The language is haughty irreverent, full of right wing zeal and left iconoclasm. Fred cares little for belief systems as his aim was to smash and resurrect a life of poetic abandon based not on himself but an alter ego. The colussus who could bestride the stage exuding his self conscious genius.

It can be hard going for those newly accustomed as his conceptual apparatus is dismantling everything that preceded him. Once this is understood the metaphors flow easier. Few can agree with everything he says because he is contradictory, human all too human, but you can glean and prise the juicy morsels and saviour them before either swallowing or spitting them out.

At least you can say you have tasted something which changes the inner nature rather than putting something in the mouth which travels straight through into the cistern without providing a shred of nourishment.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Freeing and empowering., 31 Oct 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
This book is so challenging and full of firm, intelligent opinions about the nature of morality, its history and its future. Here, Nietzsche pushes the boundaries of human thought and succeeds in attacking simple-minded dichotomies. His work is freeing and empowering in a way that traditional religious theology just isn't!

Some of his prose is a little hard to read, particularly if you are new to philosophy like me, but I would strongly recommend buying this book and dipping into it when you feel ready to partake of some of this man's considerable wisdom.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive, 15 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
This was the first book I read of Nietzsche and I was very impressed by it.

I am a bit angry with myself for not reading him earlier.

For anyone with a interest in philosophy it is definitely a must.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is will to and lust for power, 14 May 2010
By 
Luc REYNAERT (Beernem, Belgium) - See all my reviews
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Friedrich Nietzsche shouts in a relentless torrent of raging prose and a sometimes obscene vocabulary his anger about the concepts of Christian morality, God, sin, democracy and socialism. For him, all `eternal' values must be inverted or revalued.

Plato, Christianity, democracy, socialism
For Nietzsche, the decline of mankind began with the Greek `dogmatist', Plato, who invented the pure spirit and the good as such.
His ideas were adopted by Christianity, `Platonism for the people'. But, Christian faith constitutes a sacrifice of all freedom, enslavement and self-mutilation. Its morality of pity, humility and utility worsens the human race. By preserving all that is sick, mankind breeds `a mediocre herd animal', `ugly plebeians'.
The democratic movement is the heir of Christianity. Democracy, `the nonsense of the greatest numbers', with its `equality of rights', is a form of political decay and, more importantly, a decay of `man' through the creation of a `dwarf animal'.
The `socialist dolts and flatheads are the scribbling slaves of the democratic taste striving for the universal green-pasture happiness of the herd.'

Nietzsche's evangel (master and slave morality)
The cardinal instinct of man is not self-preservation, but the discharge of strength. The essence of life is will to power. Everything evil, terrible, tyrannical in man, everything that is kin to beasts of prey and serpents serves the enhancement of the species `man'.
Good is the distinction, the determination of rank. Every enhancement of the type `man' has so far been the work of an aristocratic society. The noble soul lives as a leader who feels the compulsion to exploit his strength. Egoism is the nature of the noble soul. Exploitation belongs to the essence of what lives.
The master creates his own morality, his own good and evil. He despises those who adopt a slave morality of pity and utility. He has only `contempt for the unfree, the common people, the humble, the doglike people who allow themselves to be maltreated'.

Evaluation
Besides his unacceptable profound misogyny (`woman's great art is the lie, her highest concern is mere appearance'), Friedrich Nietzsche's brutal evangel is not less than a call for war, not peace. The rabble must be crushed, in order to make place for an enhanced type of man, the superman.
On the other hand, his attacks on the power of the churches and on the ideas of some German philosophers (Kant, Hegel), as well as his call for men to become really independent and free spirits, masters not slaves, remain the bright parts of his virulent diatribes.

This formidable work written by `a fascinating human being of exceptional complexity and integrity' (P. Gay) is a must read for all those interested in Western philosophy.
Nietzsche's political, literary and philosophical influence continues to be immense.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Need it for college, 3 Oct 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
It's great book, I was glad to find it as I needed it for college in my a2 philosophy class
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, 22 Sep 2014
By 
StarryNight (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
A very interesting read, though rather complex and challenging in places. I found some of this work very powerful and quite profound; it gives the reader much to think about! The reader may not agree with Nietzsche's point of view but this book will certainly make one think about the concept of morality in a different way.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go with the Cambridge version, 30 Jan 2008
By 
R. Watts-Huston (UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Our college accidentally bought the Penguin version of BGE, and as a student of languages I can tell you that the translation quality is very poor. Some passages seem to lose their meaning entirely for lack of a feeling for the overall text on the part of the translator. Eventually I gave up on the Penguin copy and went for the Cambridge one - the difference was immense. I would definitely recommend the Cambridge copy.

In terms of the text itself, BGE is one of the most important books ever written, and one of the most fun.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics)
Beyond Good and Evil (Penguin Classics) by Friedrich Nietzsche (Paperback - 27 Feb 2003)
£7.19
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews