Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil

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Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil is translated by R.J. Hollingdale from German in Penguin Classics with an introduction by Michael Tanner.

Friedrich Nietzsche's stance as the outstanding European age intellectual has been confirmed in Beyond Good and Evil. The work rejects radically the West's tradition and its notions of good and wrong, the truth and God.

Friedrich Nietzsche’s stance as the outstanding European age intellectual has been confirmed in Beyond Good and Evil. The work rejects radically the West’s tradition and its notions of good and wrong, the truth and God. The Christian culture has been corrupted with false religious piety and a ‘slave ethic,’ Nietzsche shows. He switches from this criticism to an ideology that praises the moment and insists that the person enforce his ‘will to power’ on the world.

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The Will to Truth, which is to tempt us to many a hazardous enterprise, the famous Truthfulness of which all philosophers have hitherto spoken with respect, what questions has this Will to Truth not laid before us! What strange, perplexing, questionable questions! It is already a long story, yet it seems as if it were hardly commenced. Is it any wonder if we, at last, grow distrustful, lose patience, and turn impatiently away? That this Sphinx teaches us at last to ask questions ourselves? WHO is it really that puts questions to us here? WHAT really is this “Will to Truth” in us? In fact, we made a long halt at the question as to the origin of this Will—
until at last, we came to an absolute standstill before a yet more fundamental question.

Beyond Good and Evil

About the Author:

Frederich Nietzsche (1844-1900) appointed the chair of classical philology at Basel University at the age of 24 until his bad health forced him to retire in 1879. He divorced himself from society until his final collapse in 1899 when he became insane. A powerfully original thinker, Nietzsche’s influence on subsequent writers, such as George Bernard Shaw, D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Mann and Jean-Paul Sartre, was considerable.

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