On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo

On the Genealogy of Morals Ecce Homo The Genealogy of Morals consists of three essays exploring morality and its origins where Nietzsche makes ample use of his training as a philologist These works contain Nietzsche s most thorough and c

  • Title: On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo
  • Author: Friedrich Nietzsche Walter Kaufmann R.J. Hollingdale
  • ISBN: 9780679724629
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Genealogy of Morals consists of three essays exploring morality and its origins where Nietzsche makes ample use of his training as a philologist These works contain Nietzsche s most thorough and clear expression of his psychological philosophy This edition includes Ecce Homo, Nietzsche s review of his life and works, with the exception of The Antichrist These two boThe Genealogy of Morals consists of three essays exploring morality and its origins where Nietzsche makes ample use of his training as a philologist These works contain Nietzsche s most thorough and clear expression of his psychological philosophy This edition includes Ecce Homo, Nietzsche s review of his life and works, with the exception of The Antichrist These two books are compiled, translated and annotated by renowned Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann.

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    • T.J. Beitelman says:

      Make no mistake: Nietzsche was a nut. Bertrand Russell famously dismissed him as a megalomaniac, and maybe that’s true. People blame the Nazis on him, they say he was a misogynist, and on and on. I don’t really know about all that, one way or another (though the Nazi thing is demonstrably false — Nietzsche consistently rails against all things German, especially what he considered the Germanic tendency toward mindless group-think. He was also vehemently opposed to anti-Semitism. Maybe a Na [...]

    • Kirstian says:

      One of the few books that absolutely changed my life, and filled in as something not unlike a spiritual guide (between a time-gap following my denouncing formal religion, then not knowing how to proceed with philosophy as a "spiritual endeavor," which is how many "Eastern" philosophers define spirituality, by the way)Although any of Nietzsche's works might fit this bill (most would recommend Zarathustra), for some reason--probably due to my innate interest in the etymological significance of wor [...]

    • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio says:

      Here Nietzsche returns to the form of the essay after several complete works largely composed aphoristically. The second essay in the polemic On the Geneology of Morals is excellent and my personal favorite of the three essays that comprise this work. He discusses the historical tossings and turnings that have led to weird inversions of moral standards throughout the ages. The ways in which many eggs are often broken to make various omelettes and how the omelettes often turn out much differently [...]

    • Jacob says:

      This book made me sputtering mad when I read it in college. In retrospect, I'm just grateful that it was easy to read. Also, did you know that there's a brand of bread called Ecce Panis? Thus Baked Zarathustra! Try it with Hummus, All Too Hummus and The Dill to Power. The latter tends to rankle purists, though.

    • Kenna Day says:

      Nietzsche is like a long lost friend to me. I read Zarathustra in high school and I remember connecting so deeply to his dissatisfaction with religion. Granted, I grew out of my flaming violent antitheism. But Nietzsche takes me back. My favorite part regards slave morality in essay 1 of On the Genealogy of Morals. He talks about the structure of noble morality, in which strength and power and wealth-all aspects of nobility-are "good." And all else is bad. Slave morality is simply a reaction to [...]

    • Clint says:

      A dude thinking harder than any dude before him ever thought, this book will make you break your head open on the floor.

    • Taylor says:

      Far more mature than his furious work in 'Beyond Good and Evil', and really something to behold if you are willing to looking past the book's primary misgivings that arrive in the form of archaic thought. He rambles off the deep end in his meditations on the dangers of mixing not only race, but class in the next inevitably more mingled generations. These sentiments, however dated and faintly racist they may be, shouldn't take away from his general interest, that of the mechanisms of constraint i [...]

    • Bruce says:

      Let me comment exclusively on The Genealogy of Morals, this being the work of most interest to me in this volume. This pivotal work in Nietzsche’s output is polemical in nature and perhaps the least aphoristic of his writings. It is considered by many to come the closest of all his works to being a systematic exposition of his ideas. Comprised of a preface and three essays, the book argues against a fixed set of moral values and specifically against Christian morality by tracing the developmen [...]

    • Erin says:

      Amazing! This guy really knows what he is talking about.

    • Mr. says:

      Nietzsche's complex sequel to Beyond Good and Evil is a remarkable achievement of philosophy, philology, and history. It laid the groundwork for such 20th century thinkers as Foucault and Deleuze, though they would never reach Nietzsche's complexity and moral sophistication. In the preface to the book, Nietzsche proposes the project of investigating the origins of morality on the grounds that human beings are unknown to themselves. He is ultimately concerned with the development of moral prejudi [...]

    • Jill says:

      Interesting. While I don't agree with most of what Nietzsche posits, I appreciate the read to hear his perspective. Marx speaks with a greater darkness than Nietzsche, so the crazy hammering of the soul when evil is taught wasn't present for me here. I completely disagree with his ideas about the "ascetic priest," they sound closer to Korihor's philosophy (and what a sad end he came to - hmmm, very similar to Nietzsche's), because they're all recycled stories from the same author, the devil. Oh [...]

    • Althea Lazzaro says:

      From the section "Why I am so Wise": "What is it, fundamentally, that allows us to recognize who has turned out well? That well-turned-out person pleases our senses, that he is carved from wood that is hard, delicate, and at the same time smells good. He has a taste only for what is good for him; his pleasure, his delight cease where the measure of what is good for him is transgressed. He guesses what remedies avail against what is harmful; he exploits bad accidents to his advantage; what does n [...]

    • Shawn says:

      "I find it difficult to write a review of a philosophical work; difficult because it is initially put upon the reviewer to agree or disagree with an idea, but one must first summarize--and by doing that, one has already levied judgment." -me I wrote that passage on the back page of my copy of this text. The page number I referenced before writing this thought is page 326, which contains the quote from Ecce Homo (1900): "I have a terrible fear that one day I will be pronounced holy: you will gues [...]

    • Tyler V. says:

      There are two major works included in this volume. I read both twice. The first read was for comprehension. The second for fluidity of ideation and memorization. I think I have a decent understanding of both works, or at least as good of an understanding as anyone can achieve with the enigma that is Friedrich Nietzsche. Because there are two works here, I will review them each separately. However, my final 4/5 star rating is an amalgamation of my overall experience and take away. Translator and [...]

    • Kevin K says:

      This review only applies to On the Genealogy of Morals in this volume. Echoing Nick's review, I must say this book is far superior to Beyond Good and Evil. Here we have a tightly-focused Nietzsche in peak form, planting seeds that have grown into whole bodies of thought. Most obvious is Nietzsche's foreshadowing of Freud. Apparently Freud attributed to Nietzsche "more penetrating knowledge of himself than any man who ever lived or was likely to live"; Freud's biographer and acquaintance, Ernest [...]

    • Brandon Sitch says:

      I’m not exactly sure how to categorize this book. It isn’t strictly a philosophical text, if you come to this after reading Kant, or Moore, or Hegel, you won’t recognize this as philosophy—and I tend to think that is more a criticism of modern philosophy than of Nietzsche—but the Genealogy is full of wisdom, originality, and beautiful writing. It also isn’t an ethical work, at least not in the usual sense, but rather a combination of a metaethical and historic approach. Nietzsche’s [...]

    • Brian says:

      Both the Genealogy and Ecce Homo can be read in one way as Nietzsche's considered assessments of his fellow human beings, largely as cast in relief against his aristocratically alienated conception of himself. Whether or not readers will find his anthropological argument convincing likely hinges upon what conclusions they have managed to draw from their own honest self-analysis.In reference to this particular volume of the two works presented here, the editorial introductions and footnotes provi [...]

    • Nick says:

      Genealogy of morals: After reading "Beyond Good and Evil" this was shockingly clear and lucid. The idea of a pre-christian morality glorifying accomplishment, conflict, strength, etc. being "revolted" against and replaced with a morality of subservience/asceticism is compelling. However, I'd really like to know if his verifiable claims have stove up to the test of time. He makes a lot of linguistic/historical implications about aryans and hebrews which lack citations. Of all the Nietzsche books [...]

    • Todd says:

      This is a really deep read for anyone. While a lot of people are critical of Nietzsche's works, he still is a unique writer who has delved into the darkness of mankind's soul and found that there is a lot of evil in there. The second part of this book deals with Nietzsche own life and self-interpretations on what he's wrote as a sort of overall view at the end of his life/career. Nietzsche while he's listed as a philosopher had rather unique insight into the world of psychology. He will always b [...]

    • Agostinho Paulo says:

      In this stylistic polemical masterpiece, propelled from states of highly gifted normality, rupture and genius, swiftly ascending evermore upwards into icy and grotesque spheres of fatal rarified insight and isolation, this work can be dizzying for the labyrinthine nature of its undertaking.

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    • Alexandre Couto de Andrade says:

      NIetzsche does not know what he is talking about.

    • Chace Shaw says:

      On the Genealogy of Morality, is a fascinating exposition on the development of modern morality. Nietzsche argues that it originated in the ressentiment of the oppressed and that its ubiquity today is the triumph of the morality of the herd over that of the noble. I think Nietzsche’s identification of the nihilism embedded within religious morality (which is also the morality of atheists) is very accurate. Nietzsche skillfully identifies the main issue of human existence: finding and embodying [...]

    • Shiyue Li says:

      Classic Nietzsche and a rough picture of his philosophical ideas without much earlier context of Wagner's music, Greek mythology and Schopenhauer. Nietzsche was on his way to explore the ultimate meaning of “good” and the necessity of it. To Nietzsche, the theory, that identifies “good” with “useful” and “practical”, claims that things might be valuable in some highest degree and they are valuable in itself. Here is some excerpt that I thought would fit the spirit of the GM very [...]

    • Anshul Tibrewal says:

      Nietschze sketches an amazing narrative of the progression of morality from pre-history through the Greeks and Chritians to mortals of "now". The amazing bit in the narrative is not merely the breadth of its scope but also how it sustains internal contradictions as necessary part of this and in turn any genealogical account of morality. Would seriously recommend reading papers by my professor James Porter on this account if you find this idea of necessary contradictions intriguing.

    • Molly Bartlett says:

      Kaufman's translation and commentary was excellent - truly brought the text to life. If you're down to suffer through Nietzsche's bombastic diatribes and self aggrandizement (and utter brilliance), definitely go with this version.

    • Olivia Morales says:

      Sometimes impenetrable because of Nietzsche's constant shifts in tone, but the ideas are interesting and foundational in understanding post-enlightenment modern thinking. Assigned the book for grad school class, but I think it would be enjoyable for non-students as well.

    • Christopher Hellstrom says:

      re-read Audio version

    • Khaled says:

      “To see others suffer does one good, to make others suffer even more: this is a hard saying but an ancient, mighty, human, all-too-human principle [.] Without cruelty there is no festival.”

    • Abdifatah says:

      Rationality ex post facto. - Whatever lives long is gradually so saturated with reason that its irrational origins become improbable. Does not almost every accurate history of the origin of something sound paradoxical and sacrilegious to our feelings? Doesn't the good historian constantly contradict?The Dawn, p1A1In the Genealogy Nietzsche makes true on the above statement and really exemplifies the importance of a genealogical method. When I read more recent books and take note on what modern t [...]

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