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Beyond Good and Evil [Kindle Edition]

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche , Helen Zimmern

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great work July 23 2012
By Mei - Published on Amazon.com
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This translation of Nietzsche's 'Jenseits von Gut und Böse: Vorspiel einer Philosophie der Zukunft' was first published in 1886 (the same year as the original German version), and is now in the public domain. This free Kindle edition has 117 pages/2601 locations. This edition is a reprint of the Helen Zimmern translation from German into English of "Beyond Good and Evil," as published in The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche (1909-1913).

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) had studied theology (which he didn't finish) and philology (the study of language in written historical scources); he became a professor of philology at the university of Basel in 1869, but had to resign in 1879 due to ill health. Nietzsche collapsed in 1889, causing him to become mentally ill, and needed to be cared for until his death in 1900. It has been thought that his collapse was caused by syphilis, but this diagnosis is no longer believed to be correct. The cause of his illness is not known.

In this work Nietzsche critises old philosophers and some of their views on 'free will', knowledge, truth, etc. He felt that the philosophers in the past had not been critical enough about morality, accepting the Chistian views on this theme without questioning those views. Nietzsche tells in this book what qualities philosophers should have, he believed philosophers should move on, into the area 'beyond good and evil'.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in modern philosophy, this book will make you think about some of your ideas about good and bad. You don't have to agree with him to gain new insight from this book. Nietzsche was a great writer, his works are written in a lively way. For Nietzsche rhetoric was more important than logic. As a sample of his way of writing I copy a few lines from this volume at the bottom of this review. This book was translated in the 19th century, so the language is a bit dated.

The work consists of 296 numbered sections and the poem "From High Mountains". The sections are organized into nine parts, the contents of this book:

PREFACE
BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL

CHAPTER I: PREJUDICES OF PHILOSOPHERS
CHAPTER II: THE FREE SPIRIT
CHAPTER III: THE RELIGIOUS MOOD
CHAPTER IV: APOPHTHEGMS AND INTERLUDES
CHAPTER V: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF MORALS
CHAPTER VI: WE SCHOLARS
CHAPTER VII: OUR VIRTUES
CHAPTER VIII: PEOPLES AND COUNTRIES
CHAPTER IX: WHAT IS NOBLE?

FROM THE HEIGHTS (POEM TRANSLATED BY L.A. MAGNUS)

From chapter 7, section 214 (page 70/location 1505):

214. OUR Virtues?--It is probable that we, too, have still our virtues,
although naturally they are not those sincere and massive virtues on
account of which we hold our grandfathers in esteem and also at a little
distance from us. We Europeans of the day after tomorrow, we firstlings
of the twentieth century--with all our dangerous curiosity, our
multifariousness and art of disguising, our mellow and seemingly
sweetened cruelty in sense and spirit--we shall presumably, IF we must
have virtues, have those only which have come to agreement with our most
secret and heartfelt inclinations, with our most ardent requirements:
well, then, let us look for them in our labyrinths!--where, as we know,
so many things lose themselves, so many things get quite lost! And is
there anything finer than to SEARCH for one's own virtues? [...]
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I had not idea philosophy could be so enjoyable and funny. Sept. 14 2012
By Betsy - Published on Amazon.com
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It is hard to get into but once you get with the flow of it, it is magnificent. The language is full of wit and irony that will amuse and enlighten the reader. It does have sentences that are a paragraph long but they are wonderful. Just flow with it and do not try to analyze and you are in for the ride of your life. It is like a roller coaster ride with the slow lead up to some excitingly fantastic literary thrills and jolts. The use of language...hard to believe it is a translation...resonates with truth, humor and hilarious realism that is more profound today than it could have been when written over a hundred years ago. I find it delightful to just pick up and read a chapter at a time. It is too much for a straight through read but one cannot say on the roller coaster for too long either. A real intellectual pleasure.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A excellent version of Nietsche's book Jan. 1 2013
By K Hausman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent version of Nietsche's book, expanding on his earlier works and characterizing his fellow philosophers as blindly accepting a single religious set of moral definitions that constrain their viewpoints. His text encourages critical consideration in the place of blind acceptance and also discusses issues with the Germanic anti-Semitism that influenced many Europeans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Dec 4 2012
By Chris Pulte - Published on Amazon.com
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Beyond Good and Evil, in my opinion, is Nietzsche at his best. And Nietzsche, quite simply, is, in the words of Camus, "the greatest European writer." The only question is whether or not the translation is on par with Kaufmann's. This particular translation reads well enough, but I am not sure how well it stacks up. It would take a careful side-by-side reading to determine that. Kaufmann, to me, is a bit too much of the scholar, and not enough of a writer to do Nietzsche justice, but for accuracy he is the gold standard.

As for the book itself, Beyond Good and Evil is the ideal introduction to Nietzsche. It is Nietzsche in full bloom, but without the excesses of his later works. Nietzsche only got better, but the more he developed stylistically as a writer, the more cryptic was his message. In the words of Heidegger, all that Nietzsche wrote after Zarathustra was "polemics." In Beyond Good and Evil, the style is there, and his ideas are fully developed, and while he is goes out of his way to be provocative, he is less flamboyant than in Zarathustra, and less inscrutable than he is in some of his later writings.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the time spent to understand Dec 14 2013
By John Brusen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not light reading nor that which is fully understood and absorbed on the first pass. But the time and effort spent in pondering the meaning of the words offered by FN in this treatise is well worth that taken to do so.

FN is well on his way to the deserved title of “The Anti-Christ” with this work. Many of his points of view will be controversial and very contrary to contemporary popular thought. At the very least his points of view could be considered to be anti-social.

He is contemptuous of many main-stream classical and (then) contemporary philosophers for many of their perceived short –comings and is critical of them for failing to identify and support their a priori assumptions. However, he does not clearly identify his own a priori position before going on to develop his controversial theories. It would seem that he is long on opinion but short on supporting rationale.

None-the-less, FN makes statements that seem to have strong elements of truth based on the personal experiences of this reader. And history would clearly lend support to many, if not all, of his controversial points of view.

One of the main points of any philosophical system is the a priori starting point which can not be proven and must be taken as inviolate. It must be assumed as the starting point from which the entire philosophical system then springs forth. Our personal value systems dictate what a priori starting point we each assume.

But do we ever question our assumed starting point? Mostly it would seem that we assume what we have been taught to be “good” really is universally “good”. But good for whom? Good in what set of circumstances? Are these questions ever asked? Are they ever answered?

FN would certainly dispute the American patriotic cliché that “All men are created equal”. And the truth of his contrary assertions appear to be almost beyond dispute. There clearly IS an innate “pecking order” among humans; as with all animal species. Not everyone has the same capacity to perform or the same values by which to assess the success of their performance.

It is not that revealed by a man which is most interesting, but that which is concealed.

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TO RECOGNISE UNTRUTH AS A CONDITION OF LIFE; that is certainly to impugn the traditional ideas of value in a dangerous manner, and a philosophy which ventures to do so, has thereby alone placed itself beyond good and evil. &quote;
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