On the Genealogy of Morals: A Polemic by Way of Clarification and Supplement to My Last Book "Beyond Good and Evil"

On the Genealogy of Morals: A Polemic by Way of Clarification and Supplement to My Last Book "Beyond Good and Evil"

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This text (1887) is about the history of ethics and about interpretation. Nietzsche rewrites the former as a history of cruelty, exposing the central values of the Judaeo-Christian and liberal traditions - compassion, equality, justice - as the product of a brutal process of conditioning designed to domesticate the animal vitality of earlier cultures. The result is a work which raises profoundly disquieting issues about the violence of both ethics and interpretation. Nietzsche questions moral certainties by showing that religion and science have no claim to absolute truth, before turning on his own arguments in order to call their very presuppositions into question. This should be of interest to undergraduate students of German and Continental Philosophy or 19th-century German literature and thought.show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 116 x 184 x 10mm | 120g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • German
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192831372
  • 9780192831378

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