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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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

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.

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Here in one collection of aphorisms is the grand summation of Nietzsche's work.
Herbert L Calhoun
It was very hard to buy online when you can read about the product as there where many similar editions to this book.
raman
Be very patient reading this book, the truth of it sort of comes not the way you want it to.
C. Ross

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31 of 35 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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34 of 42 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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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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nelson suarez on February 28, 2013
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This is a unique book in the sense that it criticizes christianity very strongly. He makes great points. A must read for open minded people.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Medusa on November 13, 2008
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In beyond good and evil, Nietzsche simply rejects all dogmatism and argues against any fixed understanding of "the truth". "perspectivism"; which is Nietzsche's point of view assumes that absolute truth does not exist, but rather there are equally valid perspectives of any perceived truth. In that way, Nietzsche relegates philosophical foundations, especially Plato's teaching, to the rubbish heap of childish fantasy for relying on assumptions that can't be proven. Nietzsche heavily criticizes Plato's ideals of pure spirit and the form of the good, and condemns Christianity as "Platonism for the people"
Nietzsche's main issue with Platonism, or any dogma or faith, is that it enslaves one's mind to a fixed understanding, without having that understanding proved or justified. This book is a dictate from Nietzsche, in which he demands that the reader discard any previous assumptions, and open his/her mind in order to separate from "the herd". "The herd" is Nietzsche's title for people who lack individual will and live by group instincts like herd animals.

Nietzsche's own sister used his early death to manipulate his writings. She distorted his opinions and selectively published his writing to support her pro-Nazi and anti Semitic views. The publishing of this work by Nietzsche, in which Nietzsche criticizes socialism, anti-Semitism, and the nihilism of Europe, at a time when values were totally abandoned and overwhelmed by blind faith, racism, fascism and blind belief of the superiority of science, vindicated one of the most misunderstood philosophers.

Nietzsche brilliantly explains how any one can become a "free spirit"; a noble, free and un-dogmatic person.
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