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Beyond Good and Evil Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 14 Aug 2008
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Represents Nietzsche's attempt to sum up his philosophy. In nine parts the book is designed to give the reader a comprehensive idea of Nietzche's thought and style. With an inclusive index of subjects and persons. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Marion Faber is Professor of German at Swathmore College, Pennsylvania. Robert C. Holub is Professor and Chair of the Department of German, University of California at Berkeley.
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All of the classic Nietzsche themes are present here; most notably and consummately the Will To Power. Chapter 4 consists of 122 razor-edged aphorisms, each only one or two sentences in length, which slice through the skin of human ulterior motive and the flesh of psychology, right down to the bones of mankind. Other chapters deal with the prejudices of philosophers, history of morals, people and nations, religion and "free-spirits" with the same healthy scepticism.
Nietzsche never entangles the reader in nets of abstract philosophical systems or lengthy and boring dissertation as most philosophers are compelled to do. "Beyond Good And Evil" is always to the point and the density of the language is far outweighed by the prolific content and profundity of thought. What at first glance may seem to be lead is revealed as pure gold with a scratch to the surface. For the uninitiated reader, all it takes is a little patience, (and perhaps, occasionally, a dictionary!) to unlock the books undeniable value for those "philosophers of the future" to whom "Beyond Good And Evil" is dedicated.
Nietzsche went on to outline his philosophy further in other truly great books, but "Beyond Good And Evil" represents a pinnacle in his work and is the best introduction to his philosophy. Nietzsche challenges his readers; he does not command but bids us to take a look through different eyes, and then to view ourselves, our wise men, and the world. And, above all, enquire.
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.
This book is far more clear in its ideas than Zarathustra was (or maybe I’m just thick and it was slightly beyond me, but anyway…) and the tone of it was almost as if you were hearing someone ranting in a pub, but occasionally making good points that do in fact make you think intently about what’s being said. (Though Nietzsche blamed alcohol almost as much as Christianity for the suppression of the ‘Superman’, so he ever being in a pub to rant after a few pints is highly unlikely). This is the more popular one of his books, as far as I’m aware, as my friends who have read Nietzsche have all read this one and it changed their view of life.
Unfortunately it didn’t change my life... yet, but I can see me getting angry in a few years with the mundanity of work and referring back to it for guidance if things don’t go my way between now and then. It has sowed a seed that makes me question why does it matter in the end?Read more ›
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What can one say about Nietzsche that hasn't already been said; the man himself would probably tell you. Brilliant piece of writing.Published 13 months ago by DOLO
At the time a little bit over my head. Could do with a re-read.Published 21 months ago by Mr. WC Chambers
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