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ISBN-13: 978-1612039626 ISBN-10: 1612039626

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Spastic Cat Press (February 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612039626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612039626
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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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.

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Readers, please be advised - this is NOT an PROPER edition.
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Be very patient reading this book, the truth of it sort of comes not the way you want it to.
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It's the second time I read it and it's one of those books that you will always return to.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mei on July 23, 2012
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This translation of Nietzsche's 'Jenseits von Gut und Böse: Vorspiel einer Philosophie der Zukunft' was first published in 1886 (the same year as the original German version), and is now in the public domain. This free Kindle edition has 117 pages/2601 locations. This edition is a reprint of the Helen Zimmern translation from German into English of "Beyond Good and Evil," as published in The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche (1909-1913).

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) had studied theology (which he didn't finish) and philology (the study of language in written historical scources); he became a professor of philology at the university of Basel in 1869, but had to resign in 1879 due to ill health. Nietzsche collapsed in 1889, causing him to become mentally ill, and needed to be cared for until his death in 1900. It has been thought that his collapse was caused by syphilis, but this diagnosis is no longer believed to be correct. The cause of his illness is not known.

In this work Nietzsche critises old philosophers and some of their views on 'free will', knowledge, truth, etc. He felt that the philosophers in the past had not been critical enough about morality, accepting the Chistian views on this theme without questioning those views. Nietzsche tells in this book what qualities philosophers should have, he believed philosophers should move on, into the area 'beyond good and evil'.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in modern philosophy, this book will make you think about some of your ideas about good and bad. You don't have to agree with him to gain new insight from this book. Nietzsche was a great writer, his works are written in a lively way. For Nietzsche rhetoric was more important than logic.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Betsy on September 14, 2012
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It is hard to get into but once you get with the flow of it, it is magnificent. The language is full of wit and irony that will amuse and enlighten the reader. It does have sentences that are a paragraph long but they are wonderful. Just flow with it and do not try to analyze and you are in for the ride of your life. It is like a roller coaster ride with the slow lead up to some excitingly fantastic literary thrills and jolts. The use of language...hard to believe it is a translation...resonates with truth, humor and hilarious realism that is more profound today than it could have been when written over a hundred years ago. I find it delightful to just pick up and read a chapter at a time. It is too much for a straight through read but one cannot say on the roller coaster for too long either. A real intellectual pleasure.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. Ross on January 2, 2006
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2013
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This is an excellent version of Nietsche's book, expanding on his earlier works and characterizing his fellow philosophers as blindly accepting a single religious set of moral definitions that constrain their viewpoints. His text encourages critical consideration in the place of blind acceptance and also discusses issues with the Germanic anti-Semitism that influenced many Europeans.
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33 of 41 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 7 people found the following review helpful By John Brusen on December 14, 2013
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This is not light reading nor that which is fully understood and absorbed on the first pass. But the time and effort spent in pondering the meaning of the words offered by FN in this treatise is well worth that taken to do so.

FN is well on his way to the deserved title of “The Anti-Christ” with this work. Many of his points of view will be controversial and very contrary to contemporary popular thought. At the very least his points of view could be considered to be anti-social.

He is contemptuous of many main-stream classical and (then) contemporary philosophers for many of their perceived short –comings and is critical of them for failing to identify and support their a priori assumptions. However, he does not clearly identify his own a priori position before going on to develop his controversial theories. It would seem that he is long on opinion but short on supporting rationale.

None-the-less, FN makes statements that seem to have strong elements of truth based on the personal experiences of this reader. And history would clearly lend support to many, if not all, of his controversial points of view.

One of the main points of any philosophical system is the a priori starting point which can not be proven and must be taken as inviolate. It must be assumed as the starting point from which the entire philosophical system then springs forth. Our personal value systems dictate what a priori starting point we each assume.

But do we ever question our assumed starting point? Mostly it would seem that we assume what we have been taught to be “good” really is universally “good”. But good for whom? Good in what set of circumstances? Are these questions ever asked? Are they ever answered?
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