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In "Beyond Good and Evil" Nietzsche accuses past philosophers of lacking critical sense and blindly accepting dogmatic premises in their consideration of morality. The work moves into the realm "beyond good and evil" in the sense of leaving behind the traditional morality which Nietzsche subjects to a destructive critique in favour of what he regards as an affirmative approach.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history. Because of Nietzsche's evocative style and provocative ideas, his philosophy generates passionate reactions. His works remain controversial, due to varying interpretations and misinterpretations of his work. In the Western philosophy tradition, Nietzsche's writings have been described as the unique case of free revolutionary thought, that is, revolutionary in its structure and problems, although not tied to any revolutionary project
Helen Zimmern (1846–1934) was naturalised British writer and translator born in Germany. She was instrumental in making European culture more accessible in English.

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  • This is always free http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4363

    Please at least check before you post - what makes it a bargain?

  • Unlike many other philosophers considered belonging to the 'western canon', Nietzsche takes great pleasure in shrouding his ideas in so much irony so as to make his true philosophical leanings almost indiscernible to the casual reader (unless, of course, you are willing to sit and labour over each aphorism for an hour). The penguin classics edition of this text muddies the water of Nietzsche's meaning even further by providing one of the most verbose and wordy translations of an already assuredly verbose author; be warned, casual reader! 'Beyond Good & Evil' is not an easy book to read, and it's an even less simple one to truly comprehend the exhaustive meaning of — but it still functions as by far the most accessible of Nietzsche's writings, for the uninitiated. As for his ideas, I'm not a huge fan myself (he has a habit of relying all too heavily on ad hominem to get his 'points' across) but still, as one of the world's greatest thinkers (and an insatiable wit to match), Nietzsche's writing is, and always will be, undeniably worth reading — even if just for Nietzsche's devilishly cynical sense of humour.

    • Thanks for the insightful review.

      Is there a better version than the penguin classics edition which includes explanations/interpretations?

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        I started with genealogy of morals first and thought overrall was easier for me to digest because the scope is more limited compared to Beyond Good and Evil, but can understand if you start with Beyond Good and Evil, it can probably set the stage for the rest of his books with regards to his general philosophy. BGE was quite a hard read for me.

  • We apes like him, Ook.

  • Upvoting despite my OzBargain instincts (this book is always free) because it's such a great read. The people here who upvote self-help / get rich quick drivel would probably be much happier with their lot if they read books like this.

    For those just starting with Nietzsche I recommend Ecce Homo (no homo) as an accessible entry point. It's a book review (of sorts) where Nietzsche reviews his own books, with chapter titles such as "Why am I so great?" "Why am I so wise?" etc. 19th century shitposting aside, it's actually a great overview of Nietzsche's work and may help you choose what to read next. Available here, also free.

  • Thus spoke zarathustra is his best book. Beautiful work of sublime art

  • Ubermensch!

  • "The 1st known (to the Westerners) philosopher Zarathustra was more truthful than any other thinker. In his teaching alone do we meet with truthfulness upheld as highest virtue, i.e. reverse of COWARDICE of ‘idealist’ who flees from reality. Zarathustra had more courage in his body than any other thinker before or after him. To tell truth & TO AIM STRAIGHT, that is first Persian virtue. Am I understood?… "

    2 most influential political philosophers of the XIX century, Marx & Nietzsche, were on the surface diametrically opposed to each other. While Marx stood for reason, Nietzsche championed passion. Marx was champion of the masses & oppressed. Nietzsche loathed ‘the herd’ & believed that the lowest in society should be kept in check.
    Yet they had much in common. Both were largely ignored in their lifetime, only for their work to achieve fame & infamy after they died.

    Irresponsible & naive, perhaps, but to blame Nietzsche for the Nazis & Marx for Stalinism is grave error & travesty. Instead we must blame their misguided followers & disciples. And from this, the lesson is clear: don’t be disciple. Think for yourself. As Nietzsche himself exhorted: ‘I have no use for disciples. Let everyone be their own true follower.

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