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5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Sinhababu gives a clear account of the Nietzschean concept of "ressentiment, 16 Dec. 2014
I endorse what has been written in the previous review, but one thing I find particularly helpful in the book is the clear explanation given of the vital Nietzschean concept of ressentiment. This is a word Nietzsche borrowed from the French, and the English equivalents might be "resentment" or "envy" but, as Sinhababu demonstrates, such a translation would be inadequate. He writes, "Envy does not have the quality of intense and focused malice that distinguishes ressentiment". The envy experienced by person A may grow into ressentiment when A believes that X,Y, and Z possess something or enjoy something that A is prevented from EVER possessing or enjoying, because of his own nature or circumstances. The kind of disadvantage which A suffers is often a relative one, when A believes that X, Y, and Z will always have MORE of something which he would like to have. Sinhababu speculates that the phenomenon of ressentiment has arisen because of the deeply social nature of human beings. It would be interesting to look out for ressentiment in great works of fiction such as those of Dostoevsky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nietzsche analyticised, 27 Dec. 2010
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Dr. G. L. Thomas (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a splendid introduction to the study of Nietzsche's ethics and moral psychology. It is a star example of how the insights of a non-analytical philosopher can be presented in clear, analytical terms. The essay by Christopher Janaway, 'Guilt, Bad Conscience, and Self-Punishment in Nietzsche's Genealogy', is especially to be commended.
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