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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, Usa (28 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199568189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199568185
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,117,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...this book will be illuminating not only for those interested in Nietzsche, but also for anyone with an interest in moral philosophy...This volume constitutes a significant advance in the Nietzsche literature. It is among a handful of volumes that anyone with a serious interest in Nietzsche simply must read. It will also be rewarding for anyone who is interested in the way in which moral psychology and action theory bear on ethics. (Paul Katsafanas MIND)

Nietzsche has a tendency to throw out themes and leave us the task of seeing how they cohere. Many of the essays in this book try tie up apparent loose ends, and make him say what he should have said if he had followed his insights through. We are entering a new era of Nietzsche studies. (Roger Caldwell Philosophy Now)

About the Author

Brian Leiter is John P. Wilson Professor of Law and Director for the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago. Neil Sinhababu is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Singapore.


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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 5 July 2009
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An interesting collection of essays on the moral aspects of Nietzsche's philosophy. While aimed largely at a scholarly audience, several of these essays are readable by general readers. Essays by Hurka on Nietzsche's perfectionism, Clark and Dudrick on moral objectivity in Nietzsche, and Leiter on Nietzsche's pioneering moral psychology are particularly useful for general readers. Most of the remaining essays are mainly of scholarly interest, though written at a high level. There is little here that will change the overall impression of Nietzsche's power as a critic and the rather bizarre nature of his positive ideas.
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