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On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo [Paperback] (original 1887; edition 1989)

by Friedrich Nietzsche (Author) Walter Kaufmann (Editor)

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On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche (1887)

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On the Genealogy of Morality, or On the Genealogy of Morals (German: Zur Genealogie der Moral), subtitled "A Polemic" (Eine Streitschrift), is a book by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed and first published in 1887 with the intention of expanding and following through on certain new doctrines sketched out in his previous book Beyond Good and Evil. The most straightforward of Nietzsche's books and the least aphoristic in form and style, it is considered by some Nietzsche scholars to be a work of sustained brilliance and power, and Nietzsche's masterpiece.[1]
It consists of a preface and three interrelated Abhandlungen ("treatises" or "essays"), which trace episodes in the evolution of moral concepts with a view to undermining "moral prejudices", and specifically the morality of Christianity and Judaism.
  gmathias | Jan 16, 2013 |
I would be lying a bit if I said I fully digested, understood, and incorporated the text into my understanding of the world, but Nietzsche’s general feeling seems to be that our morality hinders us from fully appreciating the joy, pain, and horror of everyday life. Mankind’s essential “will” is at the core of our existence and modern morality has undermined that will.

I did find, however, that reading the text out loud with the proper inflections and phrasing helps in following his arguments (thankfully, the missus was out of town this weekend). If you simply read it to yourself, your eyes will glaze over and your brain will beg for some channel surfing.

All that aside, the book was very interesting in that it contained many of the primary arguments against theism. Kaufmann’s translation is very good, with a great deal of intertextual notes helping to translate the Greek etymological sections that litter the opening books. If you’ve got a free couple of days, this one is worth a shot, if only to get your mind off vampires and vapid dialogue.

http://lifelongdewey.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/170-on-the-genealogy-of-morals-by-... ( )
  NielsenGW | Aug 19, 2012 |
This is the dangerous stuff that lurks behind any weak democracy. Nietzsche lays things out very clearly while deciding for the "Overman" route, so 5 stars are for his analysis not his conclusion.

To suppress desire is to be weakened by guilt or bad conscience (subject of the second essay). As he puts it,"- I mean the morbid softening and moralization through which the animal "man" finally learns to be ashamed of all his instincts. On his way to becoming an "angel" man has evolved that queasy stomach and coated tongue through which not only the joy and innocence of the animal but life itself has become repugnant to him-." ( )
  Miro | Oct 7, 2005 |
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The great philosopher's major work on ethics, along with ECCE HOMO, Nietzche's remarkable review of his life and works. Translated by Walter Kaufmann.

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