On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo

On the Genealogy of Morals Ecce Homo The Genealogy of Morals consists of three essays exploring morality and its origins where Nietzsche makes ample use of his training as a philologist These works contain Nietzsche s most thorough and c

The Genealogy of Morals consists of three essays exploring morality and its origins where Nietzsche makes ample use of his training as a philologist These works contain Nietzsche s most thorough and clear expression of his psychological philosophy This edition includes Ecce Homo, Nietzsche s review of his life and works, with the exception of The Antichrist These two boThe Genealogy of Morals consists of three essays exploring morality and its origins where Nietzsche makes ample use of his training as a philologist These works contain Nietzsche s most thorough and clear expression of his psychological philosophy This edition includes Ecce Homo, Nietzsche s review of his life and works, with the exception of The Antichrist These two books are compiled, translated and annotated by renowned Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann.

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  1. Friedrich Nietzsche Walter Kaufmann R.J. Hollingdale says:
    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche 1844 1900 is a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in, rather than those situated in a world beyond Central to his philosophy is the idea of life affirmation, which involves an honest questioning of all doctrines that drain life s expansive energies, however socially prevalent those views might be Often referred to as one of the first existentialist philosophers along with S ren Kierkegaard 1813 1855 , Nietzsche s revitalizing philosophy has inspired leading figures in all walks of cultural life, including dancers, poets, novelists, painters, psychologists, philosophers, sociologists and social revolutionaries.From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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  1. Make no mistake Nietzsche was a nut Bertrand Russell famously dismissed him as a megalomaniac, and maybe that s true People blame the Nazis on him, they say he was a misogynist, and on and on I don t really know about all that, one way or another though the Nazi thing is demonstrably false Nietzsche consistently rails against all things German, especially what he considered the Germanic tendency toward mindless group think He was also vehemently opposed to anti Semitism Maybe a Nazi or two misco [...]

  2. One of the few books that absolutely changed my life, and filled in as something not unlike a spiritual guide between a time gap following my denouncing formal religion, then not knowing how to proceed with philosophy as a spiritual endeavor, which is how many Eastern philosophers define spirituality, by the way Although any of Nietzsche s works might fit this bill most would recommend Zarathustra , for some reason probably due to my innate interest in the etymological significance of words as t [...]

  3. Here Nietzsche returns to the form of the essay after several complete works largely composed aphoristically The second essay in the polemic On the Geneology of Morals is excellent and my personal favorite of the three essays that comprise this work He discusses the historical tossings and turnings that have led to weird inversions of moral standards throughout the ages The ways in which many eggs are often broken to make various omelettes and how the omelettes often turn out much differently th [...]

  4. This book made me sputtering mad when I read it in college In retrospect, I m just grateful that it was easy to read Also, did you know that there s a brand of bread called Ecce Panis Thus Baked Zarathustra Try it with Hummus, All Too Hummus and The Dill to Power The latter tends to rankle purists, though.

  5. Nietzsche is like a long lost friend to me I read Zarathustra in high school and I remember connecting so deeply to his dissatisfaction with religion Granted, I grew out of my flaming violent antitheism But Nietzsche takes me back My favorite part regards slave morality in essay 1 of On the Genealogy of Morals He talks about the structure of noble morality, in which strength and power and wealth all aspects of nobility are good And all else is bad Slave morality is simply a reaction to that nobl [...]

  6. A dude thinking harder than any dude before him ever thought, this book will make you break your head open on the floor.

  7. Far mature than his furious work in Beyond Good and Evil , and really something to behold if you are willing to looking past the book s primary misgivings that arrive in the form of archaic thought He rambles off the deep end in his meditations on the dangers of mixing not only race, but class in the next inevitably mingled generations These sentiments, however dated and faintly racist they may be, shouldn t take away from his general interest, that of the mechanisms of constraint imposed on t [...]

  8. Let me comment exclusively on The Genealogy of Morals, this being the work of most interest to me in this volume This pivotal work in Nietzsche s output is polemical in nature and perhaps the least aphoristic of his writings It is considered by many to come the closest of all his works to being a systematic exposition of his ideas Comprised of a preface and three essays, the book argues against a fixed set of moral values and specifically against Christian morality by tracing the development and [...]

  9. Nietzsche s complex sequel to Beyond Good and Evil is a remarkable achievement of philosophy, philology, and history It laid the groundwork for such 20th century thinkers as Foucault and Deleuze, though they would never reach Nietzsche s complexity and moral sophistication In the preface to the book, Nietzsche proposes the project of investigating the origins of morality on the grounds that human beings are unknown to themselves He is ultimately concerned with the development of moral prejudices [...]

  10. Interesting While I don t agree with most of what Nietzsche posits, I appreciate the read to hear his perspective Marx speaks with a greater darkness than Nietzsche, so the crazy hammering of the soul when evil is taught wasn t present for me here I completely disagree with his ideas about the ascetic priest, they sound closer to Korihor s philosophy and what a sad end he came to hmmm, very similar to Nietzsche s , because they re all recycled stories from the same author, the devil Oh wait, but [...]

  11. From the section Why I am so Wise What is it, fundamentally, that allows us to recognize who has turned out well That well turned out person pleases our senses, that he is carved from wood that is hard, delicate, and at the same time smells good He has a taste only for what is good for him his pleasure, his delight cease where the measure of what is good for him is transgressed He guesses what remedies avail against what is harmful he exploits bad accidents to his advantage what does not kill hi [...]

  12. I find it difficult to write a review of a philosophical work difficult because it is initially put upon the reviewer to agree or disagree with an idea, but one must first summarize and by doing that, one has already levied judgment me I wrote that passage on the back page of my copy of this text The page number I referenced before writing this thought is page 326, which contains the quote from Ecce Homo 1900 I have a terrible fear that one day I will be pronounced holy you will guess why I publ [...]

  13. There are two major works included in this volume I read both twice The first read was for comprehension The second for fluidity of ideation and memorization I think I have a decent understanding of both works, or at least as good of an understanding as anyone can achieve with the enigma that is Friedrich Nietzsche Because there are two works here, I will review them each separately However, my final 4 5 star rating is an amalgamation of my overall experience and take away Translator and educato [...]

  14. This review only applies to On the Genealogy of Morals in this volume Echoing Nick s review, I must say this book is far superior to Beyond Good and Evil Here we have a tightly focused Nietzsche in peak form, planting seeds that have grown into whole bodies of thought Most obvious is Nietzsche s foreshadowing of Freud Apparently Freud attributed to Nietzsche penetrating knowledge of himself than any man who ever lived or was likely to live Freud s biographer and acquaintance, Ernest Jones, even [...]

  15. I m not exactly sure how to categorize this book It isn t strictly a philosophical text, if you come to this after reading Kant, or Moore, or Hegel, you won t recognize this as philosophy and I tend to think that is a criticism of modern philosophy than of Nietzsche but the Genealogy is full of wisdom, originality, and beautiful writing It also isn t an ethical work, at least not in the usual sense, but rather a combination of a metaethical and historic approach Nietzsche s objective for this w [...]

  16. Both the Genealogy and Ecce Homo can be read in one way as Nietzsche s considered assessments of his fellow human beings, largely as cast in relief against his aristocratically alienated conception of himself Whether or not readers will find his anthropological argument convincing likely hinges upon what conclusions they have managed to draw from their own honest self analysis.In reference to this particular volume of the two works presented here, the editorial introductions and footnotes provid [...]

  17. Genealogy of morals After reading Beyond Good and Evil this was shockingly clear and lucid The idea of a pre christian morality glorifying accomplishment, conflict, strength, etc being revolted against and replaced with a morality of subservience asceticism is compelling However, I d really like to know if his verifiable claims have stove up to the test of time He makes a lot of linguistic historical implications about aryans and hebrews which lack citations Of all the Nietzsche books I ve read [...]

  18. This is a really deep read for anyone While a lot of people are critical of Nietzsche s works, he still is a unique writer who has delved into the darkness of mankind s soul and found that there is a lot of evil in there The second part of this book deals with Nietzsche own life and self interpretations on what he s wrote as a sort of overall view at the end of his life career Nietzsche while he s listed as a philosopher had rather unique insight into the world of psychology He will always be tr [...]

  19. In this stylistic polemical masterpiece, propelled from states of highly gifted normality, rupture and genius, swiftly ascending ever upwards into icy and grotesque spheres of fatal rarified insight and isolation, this work can be dizzying for the labyrinthine nature of its undertaking.

  20. On the Genealogy of Morality, is a fascinating exposition on the development of modern morality Nietzsche argues that it originated in the ressentiment of the oppressed and that its ubiquity today is the triumph of the morality of the herd over that of the noble I think Nietzsche s identification of the nihilism embedded within religious morality which is also the morality of atheists is very accurate Nietzsche skillfully identifies the main issue of human existence finding and embodying an adeq [...]

  21. Classic Nietzsche and a rough picture of his philosophical ideas without much earlier context of Wagner s music, Greek mythology and Schopenhauer Nietzsche was on his way to explore the ultimate meaning of good and the necessity of it To Nietzsche, the theory, that identifies good with useful and practical , claims that things might be valuable in some highest degree and they are valuable in itself Here is some excerpt that I thought would fit the spirit of the GM very well We are unknown to our [...]

  22. Nietschze sketches an amazing narrative of the progression of morality from pre history through the Greeks and Chritians to mortals of now The amazing bit in the narrative is not merely the breadth of its scope but also how it sustains internal contradictions as necessary part of this and in turn any genealogical account of morality Would seriously recommend reading papers by my professor James Porter on this account if you find this idea of necessary contradictions intriguing.

  23. Kaufman s translation and commentary was excellent truly brought the text to life If you re down to suffer through Nietzsche s bombastic diatribes and self aggrandizement and utter brilliance , definitely go with this version.

  24. Sometimes impenetrable because of Nietzsche s constant shifts in tone, but the ideas are interesting and foundational in understanding post enlightenment modern thinking Assigned the book for grad school class, but I think it would be enjoyable for non students as well.

  25. To see others suffer does one good, to make others suffer even this is a hard saying but an ancient, mighty, human, all too human principle Without cruelty there is no festival.

  26. Rationality ex post facto Whatever lives long is gradually so saturated with reason that its irrational origins become improbable Does not almost every accurate history of the origin of something sound paradoxical and sacrilegious to our feelings Doesn t the good historian constantly contradict The Dawn, p1A1In the Genealogy Nietzsche makes true on the above statement and really exemplifies the importance of a genealogical method When I read recent books and take note on what modern thinkers ar [...]

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