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Beyond Good and Evil Paperback – February 27, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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The preview audiobook is the professional Audible narration, but after you buy the book you will find the audiobook is the free LibriVox amateur version, full of mispronunciations... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Justin
You gave me the WRONG book! And I can't return it! I payed for Beyond Good and Evil and got Rhetoric. I think pissed is an understatement!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I now understand while people did not read Nietzsche much when he was alive. I get the feeling, as I am reading, that he wrote to try to impress himself with the intelligence that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nietzsche does not disappoint. Neither does the condition of this book. I do wish it were hardcover.Published 8 months ago by Paulina Fayer