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Beyond Good and Evil : Penguin Classics - Friedrich Nietzsche

Beyond Good and Evil

Penguin Classics


Published: May 2003
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Beyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche's position as the towering European philosopher of his age. The work dramatically rejects the traditional of Western thought with its notions of truth and God, good and evil. Nietzsche seeks to demonstrate that the Christian world is steeped in a false piety and infected with a 'slave morality'. With wit and energy, he turns from this critique to a philosophy that celebrates the present and demands that the individual impose their own 'will to power' upon the world.

This edition includes a commentary on the text by the translator and Michael Tanner's introduction, which explains some of the more abstract passages in Beyond Good and Evil.

About The Author

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Prussia in 1844. After the death of his father, a Lutheran minister, Nietzsche was raised from the age of five by his mother in a household of women. In 1869 he was appointed Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, where he taught until 1879 when poor health forced him to retire. He never recovered from a nervous breakdown in 1889 and died eleven years later.

Known for saying that “god is dead,” Nietzsche propounded his metaphysical construct of the superiority of the disciplined individual (superman) living in the present over traditional values derived from Christianity and its emphasis on heavenly rewards. His ideas were appropriated by the Fascists, who turned his theories into social realities that he had never intended.


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That which is done out of love always takes place ..

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  • Existential Philosophy Classic
  • Some Nice Epigrams


  • Difficult To Follow
  • Disappointing
  • Needs Multiple Reads to Understand
  • Not What I Expected

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  • Mature Readers
  • Older Readers
  • Students of Philosophy

Comments about Beyond Good and Evil:

I find existential philosophy the most taxing philosophy I have read. The title above fits into the title of the book to form a beautiful epigram from the book "That which is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil" But despite beautiful lines like this which I can easily appreciate, taken as a whole the book is a disappointment. A lot of what is said is at least superficially almost offensive particularly to modern ears. So if he wants us to transcend ordinary existence why does he says things that appear quite ugly and debasing? I must admit I still haven't worked it out. But I think everyone should read it particularly if they are trying to understand questions of fundamental human values. It is also easy to understand how the Regime of the Third Reich may have taken some of his statements out of context to back their own barbarity. As for existentialists I will take Sartre and Camus any day to this guy. Given his life one can't help placing him into Veblen's Leisure Class. Someone with too much time on his hands somewhat lacking in talent who wants to make a name for himself to assuage his "dolicho blond guilt". So to avoid being hypocritical myself I will leave the door open to this guy. I will keep thinking about what he has written next time I pull it open for a read.

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Further Reading
Translator's Note


Part One: On the Prejudices of Philosophers
Part Two: The Free Spirit
Part Three: The Religious Nature
Part Four: Maxims and Interludes
Part Five: On the Natural History of Morals
Part Six: We Scholars
Part Seven: Our Virtues
Part Eight: People and Fatherlands
Part Nine: What Is Noble?
From High Mountains: Epode


ISBN: 9780140449235
ISBN-10: 014044923X
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: May 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1