- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (December 17, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679724621
- ISBN-13: 978-0679724629
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo Reissue Edition
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The great philosopher's major work on ethics, along with ECCE HOMO, Nietzche's remarkable review of his life and works. Translated by Walter Kaufmann.
About the Author
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Prussia in 1844. After the death of his father, a Lutheran minister, Nietzsche was raised from the age of five by his mother in a household of women. In 1869 he was appointed Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, where he taught until 1879 when poor health forced him to retire. He never recovered from a nervous breakdown in 1889 and died eleven years later. Known for saying that “god is dead,” Nietzsche propounded his metaphysical construct of the superiority of the disciplined individual (superman) living in the present over traditional values derived from Christianity and its emphasis on heavenly rewards. His ideas were appropriated by the Fascists, who turned his theories into social realities that he had never intended.
Walter Kaufmann was a philosopher and poet, as well as a renowned translator of Friedrich Nietzsche. His books include Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist, From Shakespeare to Existentialism, and Existentialism: From Dostoevsky to Sartre. He was a Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, where he taught after receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1947 until his death in 1980. He held visiting appointments at many American and foreign universities, including Columbia, Cornell, Heidelberg, Jerusalem, and the Australian National University; and his books have been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
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GOM: His analysis of the origins of comteporary morality is striking. His counter intuitive and historically grounded insights leave one shaken, yet hopeful that a better, life-affirming morality may still be posssible. His explanation of the phenomenon of "ressentiment" and the "Slave Revolt" in Christianity is perhaps more relevant than ever. A dense, conplext, systematic work of philosophy that avoids that cardinal sin which so many commit: lack of a proper historical sense.
In both boooks, the prose is second-to-none.