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Nietzsche: 'On the Genealogy of Morality' and Other Writings: Revised Student Edition (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) 2nd Edition

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'The clarity of the ... translation and the supporting apparatus (chronology, further reading, biographical synopses, and index) make this an excellent edition for student use, as indeed it is intended. ... what makes [it] particularly useful is the inclusion of material from other works by Nietzsche to which the Genealogy refers, such as Human, All Too Human, Daybreak, Beyond Good and Evil, and The Gay Science, as well as ... the early texts, 'The Greek State' and 'Homer's Contest'.' British Journal for the History of Philosophy

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (October 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052169163X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521691635
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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This review concerns the Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought Revised Student Edition (2007), edited by Ansell-Pearson and translated by Diethe. I have not systematically compared the English with the German but several things make me uneasy.

The quotations from Greek and Latin are a chaos of misprints (see, for example, pages 14, 21, 68). Clearly no one familiar with these languages looked over this "revised" edition. Nietzsche the philologist would have wept.

I also was confused by the German words occasionally included in brackets in the English text, as these often seemed to be neither key philosophical terms nor at all difficult to translate. For instance, why do we need to know that "such paradoxical and paralogical concepts" translates "solcher paradoxer und paralogischer Begriffe" (p. 94, cf. pp. 90 and 99)?
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I wish Cambridge UP would reissue this excellent work of Nietzsche in "Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy" series. All other major works of Nietzsche (nine books in all) were issued in this series. This edition of "Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought" differs not only in color but also in size from "History of Philosophy" series, which makes the Cambridge edition of "The Complete Works of Nietzsche" (an exceptional achievement) a bit incomplete.
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For my thesis I am reading this book in the original german as well and I must say this translation just capture a lot of the sentiment, I'd still recommend reading the original as well because some things to get lost in translation but I admire how little is lost here. It is a very careful and solid translation of the text.
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Interesting philosophy, very nicely written. Lays out evidence through the beginning of each essay, then making a bold conclusion toward the end. Would recommend.
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Excellent edition. The remarks in the Note on the second revised translation concerning the need to be as literal as possible in translation to do justice to the heightened scrutiny of his uses of various terms (the example given here in English is "blue", but I am assuming "mitleid" (pity, compassion, suffering-with) would deserve attention) are quite interesting. I'd be curious to know how Nietzsche's German prose compares with that of Schopenhauer. I take it they were both master stylists.
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"We are unknown to ourselves" (3) writes Friedrich Nietzsche, beginning his work On the Genealogy of Morality with a sweeping statement not just about the human condition, but about the state of Europe at the end of the 19th century. "We have never looked for ourselves" he continues, "so how are we ever supposed to find ourselves?" (ibid.) Nietzsche's famous - or, infamous - belief that Judaism, through Christianity, has bequeathed to the world a "slave morality" that has held the West captive is what this book is about.

"[A]ll religions are, at their most fundamental, systems of cruelty" (41) - and they are ultimately perpetuated by priests whose own state of inferiority once upon a time led to a great revolt in the world such that the priests came out on top and the powerful were castigated. One can, in many ways, see the old Protestant polemic against Catholicism now turned against not just Protestantisms, but against all religion in general. In many ways Nietzsche's attack on asceticism is like Martin Luther's, only without any positing of salvation from Christ. Instead, salvation comes from the anti-Christ, who is also an anti-nihilist, that frees people to enact their own "will to power" - an aesthetic creating that pays no attention to distictions between good and evil.

Nietzsche seeks what he terms "the revaluation of all values", particularly in the realm of moral judgment; the aesthetic will to power exists to return us "to the innocent conscience of the wild beast" (25) for "no cruelty, no feast" (46). By claiming that our current conceptions of "good" are ultimately due to the ressentiment of religious persons thousands of years ago, he is able to claim that our current understanding of "good" is really actually the opposite of what it purports to be.
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I found the introduction to Nietzche work fundamental to embar into Nietzche’s reading. The informed explanation of the whole view as well as specifies nuances of Nietzche’s philosophy paved the way for a better understanding and to be critical within a reasonable context. I highly recommend this book for people who, like me, are beginners reading in philosophy.
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Nietzsche is tough but definitely worth reading. I would recommend going through this one nice and slow, section by section. This edition is laid out very nicely.
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