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Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future (1886)

by Friedrich Nietzsche

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Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most scathing and powerful critiques of philosophy, religion, science, politics and ethics ever written. In it, Nietzsche presents a set of problems, criticisms and philosophical challenges that continue both to inspire and to trouble contemporary thought. In addition, he offers his most subtle, detailed and sophisticated account of the virtues, ideas, and practices which will characterize philosophy and philosophers of the future. With his relentlessly energetic style and tirelessly probing manner, Nietzsche embodies the type of thought he wants to foster, while defining its historical role and determining its agenda. This edition offers a new and readable translation, by Judith Norman, of one of the most influential texts in the history of philosophy, together with an introduction by Rolf-Peter Horstmann that sets it in its historical and philosophical context.… (more)
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I read this book for school...
I suppose that in the future people will appreciate it more and more because of their potential in the future evolution towards themselves. ( )
  catafest | Dec 31, 2022 |
It's one of the hardest books I have ever attempted to read. Each Aphorism requires multiple readings. Either that or I am just too thick headed for the ideas and the language in the book. But if you are looking for some intellectual stimulation this book checks all the right ones. ( )
  Azmir_Fakir | Oct 31, 2022 |
Difficult to read
  amanvermabooks | Jun 10, 2022 |
2/17/22. Beyond Good & Evil Beyond Good and Evil (Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future) by Friedrich Nietzsche.

Why I picked this book up: I had it on my shelf in our library. I’ve heard of Nietzsche and had never read anything from him so I decided to check it out.

Thoughts: first of all, I found Nietzsche difficult, his writing was deep to me. It was both deep and simple too. He did not like the dichotomy of good and evil. He goes beyond the concepts of good and evil and beyond pairs of opposites. He looks at appearance and reality, will and reason, and beyond true and false. He criticized past philosophers and points out how they were lacking. Like Descartes’ “I Think Therefore I Am” doesn’t go far enough. He asks “why” with many concepts from the past like Descartes, Schopenhauer, Spinoza, the will to power, he thinks philosophers were not really about truth but really about power. He wants power of truth, existence, biology, the material world, organic power, struggle, competing wills, he thinks we really want power, perspective, Christianity, slave morality, religiousness neurosis, powerlessness, the afterlife, military, free spirits, nihilism. Overall it seems there is more needed to finish his work

Why I finished this read: I found this book difficult to understand and wondered if it was the translation or if the concepts were above my thoughts.

Why I finished this read: I first put it down, not wanting to finish it and blamed the difficulty I had in the translation then I plowed through it. I wanted t say I finished it which I did but I may have missed important thing in this book.

Stars rating: I want to give it 2/5 stars but don’t think I should rate it that low. I will give it 3/5 but think I am likely rating it lower than it deserves but that is where I’m rating it. I might read it and like it more in the future. ( )
  DrT | Apr 9, 2022 |
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  laplantelibrary | Dec 5, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Nietzsche, FriedrichAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clyne, RonaldCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cowan, MarianneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crossley, StevenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crowe, IanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doren, Stephen VanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gebhard, WalterAfterword, Chronology, Bibliographysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Graftdijk, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holingdale, R.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaufmann, WalterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaufmann, Walter ArnoldTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McMillan, RoyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sánchez Pascual, AndrésTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Tanner, MichaelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Beyond Good and Evil is one of the greatest books by a very great thinker, and like all such books it is very difficult, all the more so for not seeming to be.
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Supposing that Truth is a woman—what then? (Zimmern trans.)
1. 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!
Introduction (Cowan ed.): Nietzsche has always been more popular with ordinary people than with professional philosophers and among ordinary people it has been chiefly the young who kept his memory alive.
Preface (Cowan trans.): Supposing that Truth is a woman—well, now, is there not some foundation for suspecting that all philosophers, insofar as they were dogmatists, have not known how to handle women?
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Digressions, objections, delight in mockery, carefree mistrust are signs of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology.
Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.
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The original German title is “Jenseits von Gut und Böse; Vorspiel einer Philosophie der Zukunft’.
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Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most scathing and powerful critiques of philosophy, religion, science, politics and ethics ever written. In it, Nietzsche presents a set of problems, criticisms and philosophical challenges that continue both to inspire and to trouble contemporary thought. In addition, he offers his most subtle, detailed and sophisticated account of the virtues, ideas, and practices which will characterize philosophy and philosophers of the future. With his relentlessly energetic style and tirelessly probing manner, Nietzsche embodies the type of thought he wants to foster, while defining its historical role and determining its agenda. This edition offers a new and readable translation, by Judith Norman, of one of the most influential texts in the history of philosophy, together with an introduction by Rolf-Peter Horstmann that sets it in its historical and philosophical context.

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Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, first published in 1886, presents a scathing critique of traditional morality and attacks previous philosophers for their blind acceptance of Christian ideals of virtue. As an alternative to what he viewed as the illogical and irrelevant philosophy of the nineteenth century, Nietzsche argues for the importance of imagination, self-assertion, danger, and originality for genuine philosophy. He furthermore denies the existence of a universal system of morality and instead offers a framework in which social roles and power dynamics dictate what is appropriate. A culmination of Nietzsche's mature philosophy, Beyond Good and Evil is a classic of moral thought and one of the foundations of existentialism. This edition is the translation by Helen Zimmern.
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