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Beyond Good and Evil [Paperback]

Friedrich Nietzsche
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April 2, 2011 1936041308 978-1936041305
"Beyond Good and Evil" is Nietzsche at his best. In the book the philosopher attempts to systematically sum up his philosophy through a collection of 296 aphorisms grouped into nine different chapters based on their common theme.

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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) published, among other titles, Human, All Too Human and The Dawn. He divorced himself from public life and, in 1889, became insane, remaining in a condition of mental and physical paralysis until his death. R J Hollingdale translated eleven of Nietzsche's books and published two books about him. Michael Tanner is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.

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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Neat Press (April 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936041308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936041305
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Kaufmann translation is better February 1, 2000
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While Beyond Good and Evil is probably the quintessial Nitzschean piece, I would have to say Zimmern's translation lags behind Kaufmann's. Although her use of quaint Elizabethan English is charming, and her edition has a beautifully personal touch to it (Zimmern was Nietzsche's dinner companion and erstwhile friend), the mistakes in her translation, while subtle, detract from it, especially when precision of language is so important for reading this book. Go with Kaufmann.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A better look at this... February 16, 1999
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Nietzsche never advocated any sort of morality as "good morality", nor did he encourage the creation of a "best possible society" by use of a certain morality. Nor is that what this book is about. (Nor did he propose the creation of a new moral standard: his good/evil versus good/bad antithesis is an analysis; Nietzsche was a philosopher, not an ideologue, moralist, or politician). Moreover, he did not find moral complacency to be the greatest fault of his time: rather, the mental complacency and lack of intellectual integrity displayed by many academics and "philosophers." Nietzsche here tries to analyze a range of issues and exposes in the most surprising ways numerous relationships, psychological insights, and types of morality, personality, and so forth. The aphoristic style is not a reflection of discontinuity: it is an embodiment of Nietzsche's ideal of constant questioning. These are thought experiments which develop ideas in unexpected ways, ideas which are retraced through the entire work. It has structure and continuity for those who know how to find it. The book has some faults and a few remarks which strike the reader as unnecessary drivel: but what great work doesn't? Whether we agree with it or not, like it or dislike it, until we are great critics or philosophers, we have no excuse for giving less than 5 stars to one of the greatest books of all time.
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Nietzsche's philosophy is a testament to unflinching human endeavour in the face of adversity. 'Beyond Good and Evil' is a superb exposition of some of the central themes of his philosophy.

The book as a whole is extremely hard to understand, due in
part to Nietzche's view that the greatest products of human
art and literature will necessarily be understandable only
by the greatest of men (the superman perhaps, or one who
strives to be such). However, it is at least as accessible as
any other piece he produced. The book is amusing throughout,
with many passages of great humour. Yet the counter-point of
Nietzsche's own personal hates, and the inner-anger that rests
beneath the surface of the meaning he conveys, create a wonderful
insight into the psychology of a prophet who was not only
unrecognised in his own land, but also throughout the
civilised world.

In summary, if you read one book by Nietzsche it should be this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very frustrating read May 27, 2003
Beyond Good and Evil from the start is a book concerning moral philosophy. The title leads the prospective reader to believe that Nietzsche is dealing essentially with ethical issues, but the scope of the text is much broader, encompassing reflections on religion, and current affairs.
Beyond Good and Evil opens with a section on the `Prejudices of Philosophers', in this he under takes a critique of the philosophical traditions. Unlike previous philosophers, Nietzsche does not select an issue or notion and analyze it, in the process distinguishing his views from those of the previous writers and erecting a body of concepts that form a system of thought. Instead he calls into question the very basis of philosophizing. His targets are philosophers themselves. He claims that philosophers merely pose as persons seeking the truth.
Nietzsche considers religion as `neurosis', it involves an unnatural self-denial and sacrifice. He is not unaware of the advantages that religion brought to human society, even as it has debases human nature. He believes it has helped create a variable social order. By demanding we love each other. However his attitude towards religion is that it represents a stage in human development that must be over come.
Beyond Good and Evil is not an easy task to read. I admit that there are parts of this I I had trouble understanding and often it was a frustrating read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Profound Book July 18, 2011
By Samuel T Goldberg, MD, psychiatrist/psychoanalyst Columbia Maryland

In the early chapters of Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche in effect wipes the slate clean, showing how previous philosophers and moralities were in their grasp inadequate. There is a "definite fundamental sch...eme of possible philosophies"(Aphorism 20), as there is of possible moralities (260), and particular philosphers and moralists merely fill in their respective places on these spectrums. Nietzsche offers a comprehensive critique of all such systems. The philosophers are unable to perceive even what in themselves wishes for truth, and they do not see that truth and virtue may in fact derive from deceptiveness and wickedness, which may be necessary functions for life itself. (Aph. 2-4) The will to truth may be merely a refinement of the will to ignorance. (24) Certain falsehoods may be nourishing and necessary physiologically. Deceptive appearance is necessary for life itself. (34) In a voice of irony, he acknowledges that we might need mathematical science, despite its falsehood. Philosophers and scientists wish to impose their morality, their ideal, their concepts on nature out of their pride, wishing to appropriate nature. Less the truthfulness of their concepts than this underlying will to power motivates the self-deceptively put "will to truth".

It is but an old moral prejudice that truth is worth more than appearance, or even that there is in reality any opposition between "truth" and "falsehood" at all. They may be merely shades of the same thing, "degrees of appearance".(34) The very existence of "stuff" or matter that underlies the "real world" is highly doubtful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Kauffman is better
Walter Kauffmann wrote his translation of BGE because he thought this one was so bad it was impossible to fix. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Teed Rockwell
1.0 out of 5 stars Does Amazon have a quality assurance department?
What is amazing is that this book is rated 4.5 stars. The hardcover binding is incredibly cheap--no book jacket, warped cardboard cover. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Pikewalter
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrongly Categorized
Why is this book tagged 'Buddhism'? Has nothing to do with the subject. Please re-categorize it. Reviews have to be 20 words. So here are the remainder.
Published on November 28, 2011 by Jeeprs
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Good and Evile
This was given as a gift, but the person received it very fast and was very happy with the gift.
Published on October 1, 2011 by HappyGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is will to and lust for power
Friedrich Nietzsche shouts in a relentless torrent of raging prose and a sometimes obscene vocabulary his anger about the concepts of Christian morality, God, sin, democracy and... Read more
Published on May 14, 2010 by Luc REYNAERT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, and purchase
Got the book new, and it was a great read. I am so happy to own another one of Friedrich Nietzsche books, I am so happy to own.
Published on April 15, 2010 by Misty D. Bramlett
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Edition
It arrived in good time; however, the book listed is the one I wanted, not the one I got. I wanted the original editions Walter Kaufmann translated and edited as Kaufmann is THE... Read more
Published on March 31, 2010 by Andrew Hotzler
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears down and discusses old problems, leaves solutions for later
When I first reviewed this book, I gave it one star. The basic problem I felt was that Nietzsche's method, applied to his own word, provided nothing but pessimism. Read more
Published on November 25, 2009 by Christopher R. Travers
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I have just recently started reading this book. It was a bit different from what I thought I was getting. A bit of a heavy read but still an excellent book. Read more
Published on November 9, 2009 by Jessica K. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Nietzsche as educator
This is the clearest, most measured exposition of Nietzsche's mature philosophy, the ideal counterpoint to the parables of Also Sprach Zarathustra. Read more
Published on June 26, 2009 by arpard fazakas
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