Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future by Friedrich Nietzsche

By Friedrich Nietzsche

It is a significant paintings by way of the thinker Friedrich Nietzsche, whose writings were deeply influential on next generations of philosophers. it really is provided right here in a brand new translation through Judith Norman, with an creation by way of Rolf Peter Horstmann that locations the paintings in its old and philosophical context.

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By Friedrich Nietzsche

It is a significant paintings by way of the thinker Friedrich Nietzsche, whose writings were deeply influential on next generations of philosophers. it really is provided right here in a brand new translation through Judith Norman, with an creation by way of Rolf Peter Horstmann that locations the paintings in its old and philosophical context.

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The literature on Nietzsche is immense, though there are almost no books and very few articles dealing directly and exclusively with BGE. Titles worth mentioning would be: A. Nehemas, "\Vill to Knowledge, Will to Ignorance, and Will to Power in 'Beyond Good and Evil,' " in Y. , Nietzsche as Affirmative Thinker (Reidel Publishing Com­ pany: Dordrecht, Boston, and Lancaster, 1 986), pp. 90-1 08; P. J. van Tongeren, Die Moral von Nietzsche 's Moralkritik. Beitrag zu einem Kommentar von Nietzsches '1enseits von Gut und Biise" (Bouvier Verlag: Bonn, 1 987); and D.

21 The causa suiHj is the best self-contradiction that has ever been conceived, a type oflogical rape and abomination. But humanity's excessive pride has got itself profoundly and horribly entangled with precisely this piece of nonsense. The longing for "freedom of the will" in the superlative meta­ physical sense (which, unfortunately, still rules in the heads of the half­ educated), the longing to bear the entire and ultimate responsibility for your actions yourself and to relieve God, world, ancestors, chance, and so­ ciety of the burden - all this means nothing less than being that very causa sui and, with a courage greater than Miinchhausen's, pulling yourself by the hair from the swamp of nothingness up into existence.

All the prejudices ofphilosophers interpreter might nevertheless end up claiming the same thing about this world as you, namely that it follows a "necessary" and "calculable" course, although not because laws are dominant in it, but rather because laws are totally absent, and every power draws its final consequences at every moment. Granted, this is only an interpretation too - and you will be eager enough to make this objection? - well then, so much the better. 23 All psychology so far has been stuck in moral prejudices and fears: it has not ventured into the depths.

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