- Series: Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 25, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415152852
- ISBN-13: 978-0415152853
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Nietzsche On Morality (Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks) 1st Edition
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...offers one of the most comprehensive and compelling interpretations of Nietzsche's critique of morality to date. With its distinctive emphasis on naturalistic themes, it forms a very significant contribution to the study of Nietzsche, and is poised to become a work of reference in the field.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
...the most important full length study to date of Nietzsche's primary text on the subject...[T]he book sets the standard by which future treatments of this subject matter will be measured and I would expect it to be a primary point of reference for discussions of Nietzsche and ethics for quite some time.
Peter Poellner, University of Warwick
Leiter's book is both a major contribution to Nietzsche studies and a very helpful guide for students to Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality.
Maudemarie Clark, Colgate University
The book is clear, crisply written, and engaging. It operates on a level wholly appropriate to its main intended readership, given that [Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morality] itself is not the stuff of introductory undergraduate courses.
...the book does something novel and important, in seeking to expound Nietzsche's thinking specifically on morality to an undergraduate audience; while offering a highly stimulating reading of that thinking itself.
Robert Hopkins, University of Sheffield
Leiter maintains a steady focus on important philosophical issues and ignores the trivia and nonphilosophical history of ideas to which so much of the secondary literature on Nietzsche is devoted. This is one of the clearest and best accounts of Nietzsche's moral philosophy and is a rare example of a book of considerable scholarly and philosophical merit that is accessible to a wide audience. Leiter's commentary on the Genealogy is very well done and can be recommended to both students and scholars. Leiter brings much needed rigor and clarity to Nietzsche studies. This is a very good book, and I highly recommend it to a wide audience.
Tom Carson, Moral Philosopher at Loyola/Chicago
About the Author
Brian Leiter is Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Objectivity in Law and Morals (2000).
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With that being said, I did read the Geneology of Morals by Nietzsche before I read the Guidebook. I was not sure I understand half of what Nietzsche had to say in the acutal work. Because I had read the actual work, I believe I got more out of the Guidebook. I would suggest reading the work first or at least each essay before that portion of the book.
The Guidebook is a very good book for a full and better understanding of Nietzsche's thoughts on morality. I was happy to learn that I understood more of the actual work than I thought I had. However, the Guidebook was a wonderful book to follow the reading of the actual work. Mr. Leiter has a wonderful way of explaining Nietzsche's writing. He is clear and concise and places the writing in its proper historical context.
If you are interested in Nietzsche's view of morality and don't quite understand it, then this book will assit you in that understanding. If you don't read the actual work, this book will still be clear enough so that you can understand Nietzsche's thoughts on morality.
I realize that some may not agree with Lieter's interpreation of Nietzsche's Geneology of Morality. However, in philosophy, I am not sure there is one correct way to interpret such writings. Therefore, in the end, this is one very good book on Nietzsche's morality.
Leiter's book also succeeds in rescuing Nietzsche from interpreters who had distorted his work as part of an effort to enlist Nietzsche in support of one or another relativist, postmodern agenda. Nietzsche's style and form of exposition has always lent itself to cherry-picking, unfortunately; but this book will make it much more difficult to do that sort of thing convincingly in the future.
A superb job. Highest possible recommendation.
I'll end by addressing the question of Leiter's tone. I didn't feel that his treatment of other critics was excessively harsh. Sure, arguably he wasn't as polite as some people would like, but there's a tradeoff between candour and politeness: in letting his biases and prejudices hang out -- while also defending his position cogently and clearly in a manner typical of the analytical genre -- he sheds light on what others have written. particularly liked his aside on Deleuze and Hegel: pace Deleuze, Nietzsche (Leiter opines), ISN'T interested in refuting Hegel, for Hegel was by Nietzsche's time no longer as relevant as Kant. Deleuze's reputation, at least in some circles, is oddly enough so high that it is nice to see him taken down a notch or two.