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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420922505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420922509
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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After kicking open the doors to twentieth-century philosophy in Thus Spake Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche refined his ideal of the superman with the 1886 publication of Beyond Good and Evil. Conventional morality is a sign of slavery, Nietzsche maintains, and the superman goes beyond good and evil in action, thought, and creation. Nietzsche especially targets what he calls a "slave morality" that fosters herdlike quiescence and stigmatizes the "highest human types."
In this pathbreaking work, Nietzsche's philosophical and literary powers are at their height: with devastating irony and flashing wit he gleefully dynamites centuries of accumulated conventional wisdom in metaphysics, morals, and psychology, clearing a path for such twentieth-century innovators as Thomas Mann, André Gide, Sigmund Freud, George Bernard Shaw, André Malraux, and Jean-Paul Sartre, all of whom openly acknowledged their debt to him.
Students of philosophy and literature as well as general readers will prize this rich sampling of Nietzsche's thought in an unabridged and inexpensive edition of one of the philosopher's most important works.
Dover (1997) unabridged republication of the Helen Zimmern translation. Publisher's Introduction.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

The truths in this book are scattered, so read it all the way through.
C. Ross
It was very hard to buy online when you can read about the product as there where many similar editions to this book.
raman
Here in one collection of aphorisms is the grand summation of Nietzsche's work.
Herbert L Calhoun

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By C. Ross on January 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was good and very helpful to me. If you are looking to free your mind especially from organized religion it is very helpful. Nietzche to me was a prophet; he told the truth as it is with no fear. Dont beleive what they say about him; he is a good man; and seeks to help you empower yourself. He has long passed away now, but his works still apply to today; and his works are truely artistic. Be very patient reading this book, the truth of it sort of comes not the way you want it to. The truths in this book are scattered, so read it all the way through. I highly recommend this book for free spirited individuals.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By thedancinganimal on January 25, 2011
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A lot of the additions are from extremely outdated translations...Nietzsche scholarship has come a long way since then and there are much better translations to read. Companies like to take public domain translations (no fees) and dress them up with pretty covers and make some money off of them. If you really don't care what kind of quality of translation you get, that is fine, but don't pay these weasals, just read it online...for free.tran
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bradford A. Harkness on December 24, 2008
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If you have not read this I must ask why. Then I must ask you to ask yourself why. Anything by Nietzche is not just interesting and a learning experience, it is hillarious as well. despite the label of being a nihlist, given by people who never read him or disagree with him, Nietzche has a profound insight to life that is actually quite joyous-not just in this work but in general. I suggest every book he has, mind you I am biased as I was a philosophy major and had to read him anyway, bvut I had read him befor that too. It's worth it to buy this alone or better yet buy a collected works that includes his other work as well.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on April 18, 2008
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I have come to this book late in life after seeing it quoted and referenced more than a hundred times, and at first reading, I was quite under whelmed, almost disappointed. I still personally do not care for the style. However, after taking into account the context of the times in which it was written, and the fact the Nietzsche was a student of Schopenhauser, a friend of Richard Wagner and received his Phd at 25, I am inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. He appeared on the scene during really heady times.

With all of this, this book along with three of his others (Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Genealogy of Morals, and The Will to Power (published after his death)), almost single-handed erected the fundamental pillars of modern existentialism and propelled us into the post-modern world. BGE probably still remains one of the most penetrating and passionate (if not a somewhat scattered) forays into the meaning and structure of mainstream existentialism. While certainly not as organized and refined as a Sartre, or as artistic as a Camus, Nietzsche nevertheless makes his points with deep emotions and with deep passion, with a great deal of subtly and some much needed humor. In today's world where philosophy (with a few notable exceptions, like Cornel West) is sterile and philosophers are just barely "undead," this in itself is worth a lot.

I broke one of my cardinal rules of not reading reviews before I read or review a book, and unfortunately for me I did it at a time when there are some very good reviews on this book. I am finding it difficult to add anything to the discussion.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Adolfo Talpalar on March 11, 2010
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The comments about these books of Nietzsche recur on the same mistake: they call 'Original version' to certain translation, but they do not specify neither which is the 'Original version' they have translated, nor the name of the translator. Nobody seriously interested in Nietzsche's works will buy this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vincent on May 14, 2014
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Readers, please be advised - this is NOT an PROPER edition. It's just a HOMEMADE version of Nietzsche's book. The cover is blurry, there is no copyright info and it just looks and feel cheap. I hope the text is complete and correct, but there is no way to tell. I'm sure it's a great book and I'll enjoy it, but the format is just horrible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil Sethi on August 27, 2014
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Got this and to my surprise it looks like it was printed from someone's home. The book looks like a graphic novel - it's 8 1/2" by 12". Thought buying a book from Amazon meant getting an actual book. Looked at an actual edition of this book later on and it was $3 cheaper.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Martin on February 6, 2014
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Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil is not a work that most people will enjoy. It is difficult and troubling to read. The book is subtitled "Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future," and indeed much of what he says is a criticism of the philosophy and philosophers of the past and present. Nietzsche states that conventional morality helps to foster a herdlike conformity and that we have to go beyond this morality to a "Free Spirit" way of thinking. Nietzsche has particular criticism for Christianity which he says limits what people can do. Religion gives people contentment with their otherwise miserable lives. In early human history, he says, the value or non-value of an action depended on its consequences. Now the intention of an action determines its morality.

Nietzsche argues for a special privileged group: "Everything rare for the rare." It is the business of these very few to be strong, they have a will to power. Nowadays, he says, everything that elevates the individual above the herd is called evil. We need a new philosophy that goes beyond this emphasis on good and evil

It is interesting to me that this sickly man, who was forced by his illness to leave his university post and spent the rest of his life roaming around Europe, could come up with ideas that are so different from his personal reality. The irony is that if he had been alive when his ideas did come to fruition in the Nazi years he probably would have been one of thier victims.

I rate this book at three stars not because of the quality of the writing, but because it is not a book that most people woud find easy or enjoyable to read. But I think it is well worth wading through to see the functioning of a truly brilliant, if misguided, mind.
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