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Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil is translated from the German by R.J. Hollingdale with an introduction by Michael Tanner in Penguin Classics. Beyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche's position as the towering European philosopher of his age. The work dramatically rejects the tradition of Western thought with its notions of truth and God, good and evil. Nietzsch ...more
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Published April 29th 2003 by Penguin Classics (first published 1886)
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I can think of few instances where an author's reputation is more different from the reality of who he was, what he believed, and what he wrote--perhaps only Machiavelli has been as profoundly misunderstood by history. Today, Nietzsche tends to be thought of as a depressive nihilist, a man who believed in nothing, and an apologist for cruel tyrants--but nothing could be further from the truth.

There probably are not many men who had more reason than Nietzsche to feel resentful and miserable: he g
Beyond Good and Evil simplified
- by Nietzsche's Ghost (with the borrowed use of an uncouth female GR reviewer's desktop)

i)I hate Germans and their silly jingoistic sense of self-worth.

ii)Women are fucking stupid and have no depth. 'They're not even shallow.'
"It is with Germans almost as it is with women: one never fathoms their depths; they don't have any, that is all."

iii)No bloody German university or professor spares a thought for my writings. Miserable old fools. I approve of the lone,
Barry Pierce
Nietzsche, the original Meninist. #NotAllPhilosophers
For those of you who are unfamiliar with him, Friedrich Nietzsche was an angry little man who protected himself from the Mean Old World by swaddling himself in an exaggerated ego (and an even more exaggerated moustache).

Rather than suggest that you read any or all of his works, I've taken the liberty of creating a "Nietzsche Book Generator" that you can use to construct your very own philosophical tomes, in the comfort of your own home!

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290. Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.

If Nietzsche had started here – rather than nearly ending with this thought – he might have been more comprehensible. His readers might have said – ‘oh, right, so that is how it is going to be, is it? We’re dealing with some smart-arse that is going to play games with us – well, play away…’

But, he doesn’t start here – he starts here:

“SUPPOSING that Truth is a woman--what then?”

Now, my lecturer at university go
I recommend, but with a warning. The vast majority of people will not get much out of this book. Filtering through these reviews, I see a lot of people who are clearly not meant for Nietzsche's writing. They tend to fall under a couple of categories
1) Easily Offended: when Nietzsche says something they find offensive, they are turned off reading the book. Nietzsche will offend you. However...
2) People who make a superficial reading and criticize accordingly. This follows from 1. Those who are in
Why exactly, should I strive to be kind, and not cruel? Why am I being taught to be fair and not selfish all my life? Why should I subscribe to equal rights, non discrimination, egalitarianism and freedom of speech?

Nietzsche posits that the above mentioned virtues and aesthetic and or moral imperatives (or indeed any imperatives) are merely legacy, the result of Darwinian (although he does not use this word) qualities which have ensured the survival and prosperity of the ‘issuing’ authority. Goo
*sighs* This is a difficult book.It's taking me a while to read and nietzsche's egocentric bizarre poetic prose is twisting my melon man.

Nietzsche, Nietzsche, Nietzsche, your alternative position on morality, your 'will to power', your fucking sexism is giving me a headache. I used to think that Nietzsche's 'good means bad and bad means good' was really cool. It was my type of philosophy, I thought. Yes Nietzsche, Art SHOULD make you think and who is to say what is right anyway? I'm down with be
As with my review of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the below comprises the notes I jotted down—deciphered as best could be managed against the near hieroglyphic obfuscation of the chicken riot I call handwriting—when this was read some dozen or so years ago. As I failed to consistently make clear what were Nietzsche's words, as set against my own thoughts on the latter, the non-italicized portions may represent one giant act of plagiarizing. Luckily for me, the man seldom presented himself as possessi ...more
Although not what I expected, Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil was a more than satisfying meditation on morality. It wasn't what I expected because most of Nietzsche's words were spent prophesying about and discussing the "herd" mentality of democracy's slave culture, which prepares us for his final, magnificent essay, "What is Noble," but the overthrowing of my expectations was never a problem.

Too many pass over Nietzsche because they are pre-offended, missing what is powerful and vital in his
John Martindale
Nietzsche is for the atheist what Charles Spurgeon was for Christian preachers. He has a creative way of saying things and this book is filled with one liners. He makes me think of a preacher, in that he says extreme things with absolute confidence, but does not back anything up or go into much depth. This book seemed to me not so much about going beyond good and evil, but rather a justification of evil. Alexander, Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin and Mao in their rejecting the "slave" morality and embr ...more
Christopher Robin
so... God is dead,
any questions?

no, he never existed, he's another chain or anchor that man put on himself to limit potential, and yet another means of putting a limit on personal freedom. Now that the Judeo-Christian moral code, and other moral codes like it have been laid to rest, we can finally make something of ourselves.
Nietzsche makes the claim that he is here to clear the way for the coming Ubermensch much in the same way that John the Baptist claimed to clear the way for Christ.
I guess t

Friedrich Nietzsche seems to be a philosophical writer, who to me, has become a bigger legend than his own writing demands. Having read his work I found that I was surprised by both the wordiness and the repetitive nature of his actual writing. In fact to put it flippantly, most of his arguments in this book come down to: 'everything is meaningless and everything is subjective'. Of course that's a gross exaggeration but it is how Nietzsche reads to me. I challenge anyone else to explain to me wh
The passage which really summed up this book for me was "Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood." Yep, right there. It's what annoys me about a lot of philosophy - I just want people to be able to write clearly and honestly about what they actually mean. Nietzsche's language is so dense and impenetrable (and clearly deliberately so) that it is frustrating to read. There's definitely a whiff of the emperor's new clothes about this book.

And don't get me s
Justin Evans
Utterly meaningless star rating alert! BGE is really a great book, the best place to start with Nietzsche, I think, because it states his most important ideas in digestible chunks (unlike Zarathustra, which is so over-wrought and self-regarding that I have trouble even flicking through it), and has no aspirations towards unity (and so is unlike Genealogy of Morality, which achieves that unity at the price of being transparently silly). Friedrich works best in paragraphs, and that's what he gives ...more
As always, Nietzsche presents a difficult, possibly contradictory array of views on the subjects of society, morality and history. I am certain that he wouldn't take offense to our picking-and-choosing among his philosophy- he wouldn't want to be taken dogmatically. To suggest that we find splendid truth in his writing alongside heinous invective would probably please him. He certainly wouldn't claim to have a monopoly on truth and wants us to come to our own conclusions.

In keeping with his othe
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4.0 stars. It has been a long time since I read this (almost 20 years) and so I do not remember a ton about the subject matter and this is on my list to re-read in the near future. Therefore, without getting into the merits of Nietzsche's arguments, I do remember this being a fascinating philosophical discussion with some interesting ideas on the basis and nature of morality that looked at many of our preconceived ideas in a new light.
As the philosopher Rolfe once said:

What a load of monkeyfuck.

Nietzsche sounds like a heavily upgraded version of the typical sexually frustrated teenager (it goes without saying that the latter take to Nietzsche's work like cats to tuna). The cornerstone of his hateful "philosophy" is shameless bigotry. He is convinced that there is such a thing as people that are "meant" to be "superior", that it is good for people to oppress each other in fierce master-slave relationships, that women are barel
I recall that I had struggled with Thus Spoke Zarathustra, but this here, Beyond Good and Evil is something different, something beyond. I always wanted to read from the Author to not be misguided by what is said about the author especially key thinkers like Nietzsche who is frequently quoted and judged about his work and influence on the modern world. I always had a dark, strident, and gloomy view of his philosophy. Experiencing it myself now, I was met with surprising outcomes.

The major theme
You know it's a keeper when, after reading it, perhaps you did not learn anything true (must there be truths?) or even useful (why be useful?), perhaps you even misunderstood everything completely (why understand?), and on occasion you may have even been mildly offended (how immoral!)--but you know already what is in your heart and you've laughed about it all (about it, about you) and shaken your head, stood up and gone on with your life.

"Der Freunde harr' ich, Tag und Nacht bereit,
Der neuen Fre

I saw many negative reviews for this work, most of which reflected something similar to "Nietzche is stupid" or "Sexists pig!" or, alas, even "This was too much to handle and therefore it sucks." So, seeing this incredibly biased, instantaneous hardening towards the subject, I felt the need the comment.

First of all, if the only thing one can say after reading a philosophical treatise is "That is entirely stupid," then one clearly isn't meant for the realm of philosophy, at least at this point in

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Nietzsche is like a doctor with his one hand on mankind's pulse, and the other busy scribbling away the deepest, darkest wisdoms of human psychology. By being one of the best psychologists to date and by coupling that with his surprisingly vast knowledge of human history and literature and knowledge, Nietzsche was able to accomplish where many failed. While most others tended to the obvious or easy realities and truths, Nietzsche delved further into the dark, inaccessible tunnels of human psyche ...more
I have been hesitant to write this review simply because I have had so much fun re-reading this book, one which I consider, despite its small size, one of the most influential books on philosophy of the late 19th century. It is rare that one gets the chance to laugh at a philosopher's depictions of his art, but without a doubt, Nietzsche vast knowledge and his almost flippant hard driving style combines to serve as a monumental explication of most of his philosophy.

Beyond Good and Evil is subtit
Colin Guy
I re-read this book and did not find it as complex as I did initially. Whilst you may not agree with Nietzche's philosophy, you cannot fault his passion and reasoning in his arguments. Given the age of this book, his outlook at life and the structures of civilisation are still fresh and resound with a truth that is still profound to this day, possibly because he talks about the nature of being human which never changes despite our progressions and evolving technologies.
Nietzche revels in the fla
It is definitely a bad sign on my part that I give a one-star rating to one of the great works of Nietzsche. In doing so, I'm only trying to give my honest reaction to the book.
'Beyond Good and Evil' is currently the only work I've read by the famous philosopher, and I've got to admit to being a little baffled as to why it is so popular. Rather than build up particular arguments of philosophy and attempt to convince his reader of its details, Nietzsche seems content to merely gain-say everybody
Julie Rylie
It was a very big mistake to start reading this book in this part of my life where everything is changing and it's really hard for me to focus and actually rationalize properly. I made nearly no notes or underlined sentences like I normally do.

Whatsoever (concentration problems aside) I'm not very pleased with this book. I think Nietzsche is just repeating himself again with all the Wagner and Schopenhauer's critic (coff obsession coff). There are some interesting notes about morals and religio
There's an amazing correspondence between the ethical doctrines of St. Paul and Nietzsche. Like Paul, Nietzsche discounts the value of works as against faith, or belief: "It is not the works, it is the faith that is decisive here, that determines the order of rank . . ." (from section 287). It could be plausibly argued that Nietzsche in his criticism of religion follows in the footsteps of both Christ and Paul. Of course, he doesn't found a new religion, and perhaps his mistake was in confusing ...more
Nietzsche is German, and considered an existentialist- two of my favorite characteristics of a writer- so I thought that he would be interesting by default. But I was wrong. This book is overly verbose and quite hard to get through; most of his sentences are a paragraph long and by the time you've gotten to the point you've forgotten what he was talking about. I gave up several chapters in because I had no idea what he was talking about and what the general feel of the book was... all I knew was ...more
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900) is a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in, rather than those situated in a world beyond. Central to his philosophy is the ide ...more
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“One must shed the bad taste of wanting to agree with many. "Good" is no longer good when one's neighbor mouths it. And how should there be a "common good"! The term contradicts itself: whatever can be common always has little value. In the end it must be as it is and always has been: great things remain for the great, abysses for the profound, nuances and shudders for the refined, and, in brief, all that is rare for the rare.” 205 likes
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